Arthroplasty Today (2021-04-01)

Reconstruction of Proximal Metaphyseal Femoral Defects Using Trabecular Metal Augments in Revision Total Hip Arthroplasty

  • Sebastian Simon, MD,
  • Bernhard J.H. Frank, MD,
  • Alexander Aichmair, MD, MPH,
  • Martin Dominkus, MD,
  • Jochen G. Hofstaetter, MD

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 8
pp. 216 – 221


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Porous tantalum augments are widely used in revision total hip arthroplasty for the reconstruction of severe bone defects. Here, we present the first 3 cases who underwent femoral revision arthroplasty using standard distal femoral and proximal tibial porous tantalum cones to reconstruct severe bone loss in the proximal femur. Cones were inserted press fit, followed by implantation of a cemented revision stem in all cases. After a mean follow-up period of 15.8 months, all patients showed an improved Harris-Hip-Score and no radiological signs of subsidence or loosening. Porous tantalum cones may be an option in the reconstruction of severe femoral defects in revision total hip arthroplasty. The shape of the tantalum cones should be optimized for the use in the proximal femur.