Long-term clinical results of cemented revision of primary cemented total hip arthroplasties.

Published online: Oct 27 2000

C H Diekerhof, L F Barnaart, and P M Rozing.

Academic Hospital Utrecht, The Netherlands.


Seventy-six patients who had undergone revision of a cemented total hip replacement were reviewed with an average follow-up of almost ten years. The average age at primary total hip replacement (PTHR) was 63.3 years. The average time between primary total hip replacement and revision was 62.5 months. Revision surgery was performed without using special techniques such as acetabulum reconstruction or femoral bone grafting. We evaluated patients pre- and postoperatively using the Merle d'Aubigné-Postel(M d'A) hip score. Clinically we observed an improvement of the hip score after total hip revision, particularly regarding pain. Thirty hips required a second, and six a third revision. If re-revision is used as an end-point, our results are unsatisfactory, as we had a cumulative failure rate of 54% after 12 years. This is mainly due to not using special techniques adapted to revision situations.