The continued value of clinical and radiological surveillance: the Charnley Elite Plus hip replacement system at 12 years

B. Ollivere, C. Darrah, R. C. Brankin, S. T. Donell, N. P. Walton

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We report the follow-up at 12 years of the use of the Elite Plus total hip replacement (THR). We have previously reported the results at a mean of 6.4 years. Of the 217 patients (234 THRs), 83 had died and nine had been lost to follow-up. The patients were reviewed radiologically and clinically using the Oxford hip score. Of the 234 THRs, 19 (8.1%) had required a revision by the final follow-up in all but one for aseptic loosening. Survivorship analysis for revision showed a survival of 93.9% (95% confidence interval (CI) 89.2 to 96.5) at ten years, and of 88.0% (95% CI 81.8 to 92.3) at 12 years. At the final follow-up survival analysis showed that 37% (95% CI 37.3 to 44.7) of the prostheses had either failed radiologically or had been revised. Patients with a radiologically loose femoral component had a significantly poorer Oxford hip score than those with a well-fixed component (p = 0.03). Radiological loosening at 6.4 years was predictive of failure at 12 years. Medium-term radiographs and clinical scores should be included in the surveillance of THR to give an early indication of the performance of specific implants.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)720-724
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Bone and Joint Surgery - British Volume
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2009

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