Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2009 Jan;467(1):219-24. Epub 2008 Sep 24 Sanchez-Sotelo J, Berry DJ, Hanssen AD, Cabanela ME.
Most reports on two-stage reimplantation have focused on the short-term cure rate of infection, but little is known about long-term reinfection-free survival or mechanical durability. We retrospectively reviewed 168 patients (169 hips) with infected arthroplasty, all of whom had two-stage reimplantation for the treatment of an infected total hip arthroplasty between 1988 and 1998. In the second stage, the femoral component was fixed with antibiotic-loaded bone cement in 121 hips; the remaining femoral components and all acetabular components were uncemented. The minimum followup time was 2 years (mean, 7 years; range, 2-16 years). At most recent followup, 12 hips (7.1%) were reoperated on for reinfection and 13 hips (7.7%) were revised for aseptic loosening or osteolysis. Apparently aseptic loosening occurred on one or both sides of the joint in 24 hips (14.2%). The 10-year survivals free of reinfection and mechanical failure were 87.5% and 75.2% respectively. Nineteen hips dislocated and eight underwent revision surgery for instability. The method of femoral component fixation, either with or without cement, did not correlate with risk of infection, loosening, or mechanical failure. Based on these results, the method of fixation used for the femoral component during two-stage reimplantation surgery should be based on the surgeon’s preference for fixation combined with the assessment of femoral bone stock. Level of Evidence: Level IV, case series. See the Guidelines for Authors for a complete description of levels of evidence.