Long-Term Outcomes of Constrained Liners Cemented into Retained, Well-Fixed Acetabular Components

Timothy S. Brown, Meagan E. Tibbo, Diren Arsoy, David G. Lewallen, Arlen D. Hanssen, Robert T. Trousdale, Matthew P. Abdel

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Background:Cementation of a constrained liner is a viable option for treating instability after total hip arthroplasty (THA) when the acetabular component is well fixed and well aligned. However, concerns regarding long-term mechanical failure and recurrent instability remain. The aim of this study was to evaluate the long-term survivorship, complications, and clinical and radiographic outcomes of constrained polyethylene liners cemented into well-fixed acetabular components at the time of revision THA.Methods:We identified 125 cases in which a constrained liner of 1 design was cemented into a retained, osseointegrated acetabular component during revision THA between 1998 and 2006. The mean patient age at revision was 70 years. Mean follow-up was 7 years. Survivorship data, risk of instability, and clinical and radiographic outcomes were analyzed.Results:Survivorship free from revision for instability was 86% at 5 years and 81% at 10 years. Survivorship free from aseptic acetabular component revision was 78% at 5 years and 65% at 10 years, with the most common failure mechanism being dissociation of the constrained liner from the acetabular component. Survivorship free from revision for any reason was 76% at 5 years and 60% at 10 years. The most common complications were instability and periprosthetic joint infection, with cumulative incidences at 7 years of 18% and 11%, respectively. Harris hip scores did not significantly improve. Cup position did not affect implant survivorship or risk of dislocation.Conclusions:Cementing a constrained liner into a retained acetabular shell at the time of revision THA has durable long-term results, with 8 in 10 patients free from instability at 10 years. Aseptic acetabular survivorship was worse (65%) at 10 years, primarily due to dissociation of the constrained liner from the acetabular component.Level of Evidence:Therapeutic Level IV. See Instructions for Authors for a complete description of levels of evidence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)620-627
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Bone and Joint Surgery - American Volume
Issue number7
StatePublished - Apr 3 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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