Research Article: 5-year clinical and radiostereometric analysis (RSA) follow-up of 39 CUT femoral neck total hip prostheses in young osteoarthritis patients

Date Published: August 25, 2012

Publisher: Informa Healthcare

Author(s): Marc J Nieuwenhuijse, Edward R Valstar, Rob G H H Nelissen.


As the number of young patients receiving total hip arthroplasty increases, bone-saving implantations facilitating possible future revision, such as the CUT femoral neck prosthesis, are gaining importance. There have been few medium-term results reported for this prosthesis, however, and its migration pattern has not been analyzed.

39 consecutive CUT femoral neck prostheses were implanted in 32 patients, mean age 37 (17–58) years, with symptomatic osteoarthritis and either less than 55 years of age or with an anatomic anomaly preventing implantation of a diaphyseal stem (n = 1). Patients were followed prospectively using routine clinical examination and radiostereometric analysis (RSA) at 6, 12, 26, and 52 weeks postoperatively and annually thereafter. This study evaluated the 5-year follow-up results.

The mean Harris hip score increased from 26 (3–51) points preoperatively to 84 (66–98), 86 (55–98), and 87 (47–98) points at 3, 12, and 60 months. 3 stems were revised: 1 after luxation following excessive subsidence due to an undersized component and 2 due to persistent strong thigh pain. 5-year survival was 95% (95% CI: 87–100). Initial migration varied widely in magnitude; median total tip migration was 0.42 mm (0.09–9.4) at 6 weeks, 0.92 mm (0.18–5.9) at 1 year, and 1.10 mm (0.13–6.4) at 5 years. Even after high initial migration, stabilization was achieved in 31 of the 35 RSA-evaluable implants. 3 prostheses showed progressive continuous migration throughout the entire follow-up period, and were considered to be loose, suggesting reduced long-term survival.

Currently, we cannot recommend the CUT femoral neck prosthesis as a routine treatment option in (young) patients requiring THA. The CUT prosthesis may not reach the 90% survival benchmark at 10 years, and the prosthesis is difficult to implant. If initial stabilization is achieved, however, aseptic loosening is unlikely. A good clinical outcome was seen in the surviving prostheses. We will continue to follow this patient group.

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Between July 2002 and February 2007, 39 consecutive CUT prostheses were implanted in 32 consecutive patients (12 male, 20 female; 7 bilateral) for symptomatic osteoarthritis who were either less than 55 years of age or had an anatomical anomaly preventing implantation of a regular diaphyseal stem. Mean age was 37 (17–58) years. The preoperative diagnosis in the patients younger than 55 years was primary osteoarthritis in 9 hips and secondary osteoarthritis in 29 hips. Osteoarthritis was secondary to osteonecrosis of the femoral head (9), rheumatoid arthritis (6), juvenile idiopathic arthritis (5), developmental dysplasia (4), morbus Morquio (2), epiphysiolysis (1), septic monoarthritis (1) and monoarthritis of unknown cause (1). In 1 patient, the anatomical appearance necessitated placement of this short-stemmed prosthesis: a 58-year-old woman with osteoarthritis secondary to congenital arthrogryposis multiplex who had a fork-deformed femur.

In this study, we analyzed the medium-term clinical and RSA results of 39 consecutive CUT femoral neck prostheses implanted for symptomatic osteoarthritis in young patients with heterogeneous and even rare underlying pathologies. 34 of 39 THAs had a good clinical outcome. 3 of the 39 prostheses were revised: 1 prosthesis was revised because of dislocation following excessive subsidence due to usage of an undersized component and 2 prostheses, which were both firmly fixed, were revised due to severe, persistent thigh pain. Severe persistent pain of the operated hip as a reason for revision is not uncommon after implantation of a CUT prosthesis, and has been reported by several authors (Ender et al. 2007, Ishaque et al. 2009, Steens et al. 2010). As such, it may be a characteristic of this particular prosthesis.




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