THA: Less transverse rotation of tantalum trabecular metal acetabular cup
Comparison of trabecular metal cups and titanium fiber-mesh cups in primary hip arthroplasty: A randomized RSA and bone mineral densitometry study of 50 hipsActa Orthop. 2011 Apr;82(2):155-60. Epub 2011 Mar 25
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60 patients with noninflammatory hip arthritis were randomized to receive either a tantalum trabecular metal acetabular cup or titanium fiber-mesh cup, as part of the primary hip arthroplasty surgical procedure. The primary endpoint was cup migration. Bone mineral density and the Harris hip score were also evaluated. Results indicated positive early results with the tantalum trabecular metal cup on fixation outcomes, as well as comparable results on the secondary endpoint outcomes. A longer observation period is recommended to examine the effects over a longer time period.
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Why was this study needed now?
Initial stability is critical for an implant to achieve bone ingrowth. A number of clinical studies have shown good outcomes in bone ingrowth with trabecular metal. However, no published studies have examined this relationship with radiostereometric analysis (RSA). This study compares tantalum trabecular metal acetabular cups and titanium fiber-mesh cups in primary hip arthroplasty.
What was the principal research question?
What are the outcomes in cup migration, bone mineral density, and Harris hip scores with tantalum trabecular metal acetabular cups compared to titanium fibermesh cups, in patients with noninflammatory hip arthritis undergoing primary hip arthroplasty at 2 years?
What were the important findings?
- Radiostereometric analysis (RSA) indicated minimal rotation and translation at the 2-year follow-up. No statistically significant difference was seen between the two groups on translation. The trabecular tantalum surface cups (Monoblock) had less rotation on the transverse axis compared to the titanium fiber-mesh cup (Trilogy) (Monoblock: Mean -0.01 degrees [95%CI: -0.11 to 0.12]; Trilogy: Mean -0.60 degrees [95%CI: -0.72 to -0.48]) (p=0.04)
- Both groups reported a similar increase in Harris hip score at 3 months postoperatively from a score of 50 (28-70) to 92 (76-100) in the tantalum group and from 48 (34-64) to 95 (77-100) in the Trilogy group
- Both groups had similar degrees of reduction in bone mineral density
What should I remember most?
Positive early results were seen for both implant cups in terms of fixation onto the acetabular host bone. RSA revealed both groups had minimal rotation and translation (with less rotation on the transverse axis for the tantalum group). Results also indicated similar reduction in bone mineral density and similar increase in Harris hip score.
How will this affect the care of my patients?
A study with a longer observation period is recommended to determine the long-term outcomes of the tantalum trabecular metal acetabular cups.
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