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1.  Aseptic Tibial Debonding as a Cause of Early Failure in a Modern Total Knee Arthroplasty Design 
Background
We observed isolated tibial component debonding from the cement in one modern primary TKA design (NexGen LPS 3° tibial tray; Zimmer, Warsaw, IN, USA). This failure mechanism is sparsely reported in the literature.
Questions/Purposes
We (1) assessed survivorship of this tibial tray with special emphasis on debonding; (2) described clinical and radiographic features associated with tibial failure; and (3) compared patient and radiographic features of the failures with a matched cohort.
Methods
A total of 1337 primary TKAs were performed with a cemented NexGen LPS 3° tibial tray over an 11-year period. Twenty-five knees (1.9%) were revised for tibial debonding. BMI and radiographic alignment in the tibial debonding group were compared with a matched control group. Implant survivorship was assessed using tibial debonding as the end point.
Results
Survival free of revision from tibial debonding was 100% at 1 year and 97.8% at 5 years. The tibial failures shared a typical radiographic pattern with debonding at the cement-implant interface and subsidence into varus and flexion. We found no link between limb alignment or individual component alignment and failure because 22 of the 25 failures occurred in well-aligned knees.
Conclusions
Our standardized followup of patients undergoing TKA at routine intervals allowed us to discover a higher rate of revision resulting from tibial debonding. We have discontinued the use of this particular tibial tray for primary TKA and surveillance for patients undergoing TKA continues to be warranted.
Level of Evidence
Level III, therapeutic study. See Guidelines for Authors for a complete description of levels of evidence.
doi:10.1007/s11999-012-2467-4
PMCID: PMC3528903  PMID: 22790529
2.  Determinants of Direct Medical Costs in Primary and Revision Total Knee Arthroplasty 
Background
TKA procedures are increasing rapidly, with substantial cost implications. Determining cost drivers in TKA is essential for care improvement and informing future payment models.
Questions/Purposes
We determined the components of hospitalization and 90-day costs in primary and revision TKA and the role of demographics, operative indications, comorbidities, and complications as potential determinants of costs.
Methods
We studied 6475 primary and 1654 revision TKA procedures performed between January 1, 2000, and September 31, 2008, at a single center. Direct medical costs were measured by using standardized, inflation-adjusted costs for services and procedures billed during the 90-day period. We used linear regression models to determine the cost impact associated with individual patient characteristics.
Results
The largest proportion of costs in both primary and revision TKA, respectively, were for room and board (28% and 23%), operating room (22% and 17%), and prostheses (13% and 24%). Prosthesis costs were almost threefold higher in revision TKA than in primary TKA. Revision TKA procedures for infections and bone and/or prosthesis fractures were approximately 25% more costly than revisions for instability and loosening. Several common comorbidities were associated with higher costs. Patients with vascular and infectious complications had longer hospital stays and at least 80% higher 90-day costs as compared to patients without complications.
Conclusions
High prosthesis costs in revision TKA represent a factor potentially amenable to cost containment efforts. Increased costs associated with demographic factors and comorbidities may put providers at financial risk and may jeopardize healthcare access for those patients in greatest need.
Level of Evidence
Level IV, economic and decision analyses. See Instructions for Authors for a complete description of levels of evidence
doi:10.1007/s11999-012-2508-z
PMCID: PMC3528929  PMID: 22864619
3.  Tantalum Acetabular Cups Provide Secure Fixation in THA after Pelvic Irradiation at Minimum 5-year Followup 
Background
Pelvic radiation has been commonly used to treat gastrointestinal, genitourinary, or hematopoietic malignancies. Conventional THA in these patients reportedly have high rates of fixation failure. Although secure short-term fixation reportedly occurs with trabecular metal implants following pelvic radiation, it is unclear whether the fixation is durable.
Questions/purposes
We determined the survival of trabecular metal acetabular components in patients having THA following pelvic radiation and assessed function and radiographic loosening.
Methods
We retrospectively reviewed 29 patients with prior pelvic radiation who had 34 arthroplasties using trabecular metal acetabular components from 1998 and 2005. The mean pelvic radiation dose was 6300 cGy. We collected the following data: patient demographics, surgery and implant information, clinical and radiographic followup, and tumor and radiotherapy related details. We obtained Harris hip scores (HHS) on all patients. Ten patients died of disease prior to 5 years and two patients were excluded, leaving 17 patients (22 hips) with a minimum of 5 years of clinical (mean, 78 months; median, 71; range, 57–116) and radiographic (mean, 73; median, 65; range, 51–116) followup.
Results
All implants were in place in the surviving patients. The mean HHS improved from 36 preoperatively to 80 at latest followup. There were no reoperations for any reason, and we observed no implant loosening or migration at final followup in surviving or deceased patients.
Conclusions
Tantalum trabecular metal acetabular components restored function and provided durable reconstruction in patients undergoing THA following prior pelvic radiation. We observed no clinical or radiographic failures at a minimum 5-year followup.
Level of Evidence
Level IV, therapeutic study. See Guidelines for Authors for a complete description of levels of evidence.
doi:10.1007/s11999-012-2382-8
PMCID: PMC3462848  PMID: 22576931
4.  Surgical Technique: Porous Tantalum Reconstruction for Destructive Nonprimary Periacetabular Tumors 
Background
Large bone loss and frequently irradiated existing bone make reconstructing metastatic and other nonprimary periacetabular tumors challenging. Although existing methods are initially successful, they may fail with time. Given the low failure rates of porous tantalum acetabular implants in other conditions with large bone loss or irradiated bone, we developed a technique to use these implants in these neoplastic cases where others might fail.
Description of Technique
After local tumor curettage, a large uncemented tantalum shell (sometimes with tantalum augments) was fixed to remaining bone using numerous screws. When substantial medial bone loss was present, an antiprotrusio cage was placed over the top of the cup and secured to remaining ilium and ischium.
Patients and Methods
We retrospectively reviewed 20 patients who underwent THAs for neoplastic bone destruction with the described technique. Their mean age was 60 years (range, 22–80 years). We recorded pain and ambulatory status, pain medication use, and Harris hip scores. We assessed for progressive radiolucent lines and component migration on followup radiographs. Eleven of the 20 patients died at a mean of 17 months after surgery. The minimum followup for surviving patients was 26 months (mean, 56 months; range, 26–85 months).
Results
Harris hip scores improved from a mean 32 preoperatively to a mean 74 postoperatively. We observed no cases of progressive radiolucent lines or component migration. Complications included one perioperative death, two superficial infections, one deep vein thrombosis, and one dislocation.
Conclusion
Our initial experience has made tantalum reconstruction our preferred method for dealing with major periacetabular neoplastic bone loss. Additional studies comparing this technique with alternatives are required.
Level of Evidence
Level IV, therapeutic study. See Guidelines for Authors for a complete description of levels of evidence.
doi:10.1007/s11999-011-2117-2
PMCID: PMC3254739  PMID: 21989784
5.  Failed Metal-on-Metal Hip Arthroplasties: A Spectrum of Clinical Presentations and Operative Findings 
Background
A number of recent reports have described novel failure mechanisms of metal-on-metal bearings in total and resurfacing hip arthroplasty. Hip arthroplasties with metal-on-metal articulations are also subject to the traditional methods of failure seen with different bearing couples. There is currently little information in the literature to help guide timely clinical evaluation and management of these patients.
Questions/purposes
We therefore describe the (1) clinical presentations; (2) reasons for failure; (3) operative findings; and (4) histologic findings in patients with failed metal-on-metal hip arthroplasties.
Methods
We retrospectively identified all 37 patients (37 hips) with metal on metal total hip or resurfacing arthroplasties who underwent revision over the past 3 years at our institution. Relevant clinical, radiographic, laboratory, intraoperative, and histopathologic findings were analyzed for all patients.
Results
Of the 37 patients, 10 were revised for presumed hypersensitivity specific to the metal-on-metal articulation. This group included eight patients with tissue histology confirming chronic inflammation with lymphocytic infiltration, eight with aseptic loosening of a monoblock screwless uncemented acetabular component, two with iliopsoas impingement associated with a large-diameter femoral head, and three with femoral neck fracture after resurfacing arthroplasty; the remainder of the patients were revised for infection, instability, component malposition, and periprosthetic fracture.
Conclusions
Increased awareness of the modes of failure will bring to light the potential complications particular to metal-on-metal articulations while placing these complications into the context of failures associated with all hip arthroplasties. This novel clinical information should be valuable for the practicing surgeon faced with this patient population.
Level of Evidence
Level IV, therapeutic study. See Guidelines for Authors for a complete description of levels of evidence.
doi:10.1007/s11999-010-1419-0
PMCID: PMC2919884  PMID: 20559767
6.  Limitations of Structural Allograft in Revision Total Knee Arthroplasty 
Management of large bone defects in total knee arthroplasty (TKA) usually has involved modular prostheses with metal augments, structural allografts, and megaprostheses. We retrospectively reviewed the outcome of treatment of major bone defects for 74 patients (79 knees) who had revision TKAs with structural allografts; nine patients were lost to followup before 5 years, leaving 65 patients (70 knees, or 88%) followed for a minimum of 5 years or until revision or death. Medical records, radiographs, patient surveys, and correspondence were used for all data. Sixteen patients (22.8%) had failed reconstructions and underwent additional revision surgery; eight of the 16 were secondary to allograft failure, three were secondary to failure of a component not supported by allograft, and five were secondary to infection. In patients not requiring revision surgery, the Knee Society score improved from 49 preoperatively to 87 postoperatively. We observed revision-free survival of 80.7% (95% confidence interval, 71.7–90.8) at 5 years and 75.9% (95% confidence interval, 65.6–87.8) at 10 years. Our data support the selective use of structural allograft for large cavitary defects encountered during TKA. However, the rates of complications and reoperations suggest efforts to improve results or develop more durable alternative methods are warranted for these challenging reconstructions.
Level of Evidence: Level IV, therapeutic study. See the Guidelines for Authors for a complete description of levels of evidence.
doi:10.1007/s11999-008-0679-4
PMCID: PMC2635432  PMID: 19130161

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