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Int Orthop. Sep 1998; 22(4): 209–214.
PMCID: PMC3619609
A cement spacer for two-stage revision of infected implants of the hip joint
M. Leunig, E. Chosa, M. Speck, and R. Ganz
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Berne, Switzerland, , , , CH
We report the technical details and clinical results of twelve patients who had deep infections of implants in the hip joint and were treated by two-stage revision, using a gentamicin-loaded, hand-moulded cement spacer inserted for the period between resection and reimplantation arthroplasty. During management with the spacer, usually for 4 months, patients were almost free of pain and mobile with good leg control, spending 2/3 of the treatment period at home. Six of twelve spacers failed locally due to dislocation [5] or cement fracture [1], and more than two further episodes of surgery were required in 3 patients. Problems with dislocation of the spacer were significantly higher when the head to neck offset was lacking (P<0.05) or when anchorage in the femoral shaft was poor. Nevertheless, infection after reimplantation arthroplasty did not occur by the time of follow-up (2.2 years). Based on these data, we consider that the use of the cement spacer is a promising approach to the treatment of complicated infections of the hip joint.
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