A total of 187 alumina screwed porous-ceramic coated sockets (An.C.A.), 48 screwed smooth-surfaced Lord sockets, and 251 cemented polyethylene sockets were radiographically evaluated at an average follow-up of 30, 51 and 96 months respectively. After 6 years the Lord prostheses revealed a 38% incidence of loosening, similar to that observed for cemented sockets 10-12 years after surgery. The An.C.A. prostheses revealed radiographic loosening equal to 12% (6 cases) in the first 50 implants, and only 0.7% in the remaining 137 cases: overall, the An.C.A. acetabular prosthesis revealed an index of radiographic loosening equal to 3.3% (7/187). To guarantee "osteointegration" of the porous coating of An.C.A. sockets optimal stability must be obtained when the prosthesis is screwed in. Because the mid-term follow-up for this clinical experience is relatively short (30 months), an opinion on the reliability of the screwed "porous" sockets must await confirmation.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||La Chirurgia degli organi di movimento|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 1992|
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