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1.  Surgical Technique: Porous Tantalum Reconstruction for Destructive Nonprimary Periacetabular Tumors 
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).
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.
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.
PMCID: PMC3254739  PMID: 21989784
2.  Reinfection after two-stage revision for periprosthetic infection of total knee arthroplasty 
International Orthopaedics  2011;36(1):65-71.
Limited data exist regarding the long-term results or risk factors for failure after two-stage reimplantation for periprosthetic knee infection. The purpose of this retrospective review was to investigate infection-free implant survival and identify variables associated with reinfection after this procedure. Furthermore, a staging system was evaluated as a possible prognostic tool for patients undergoing two-stage reimplantation of infected total knee arthroplasty (TKA).
In this level II, retrospective prognostic study, 368 patients with infected TKA treated with a two-stage revision protocol at our institution between 1998 and 2006 were reviewed. Patients who developed recurrent infection and an equal number of patients randomly selected for the control group were analysed for risk factors associated with treatment failure.
At the most recent follow-up, 58 (15.8%) patients had developed reinfection after the two-stage reimplantation. The median time to reinfection was 1,303 days (3.6 years), with follow-up time ranging from six to 2,853 days (7.8 years). The strongest positive predictors of treatment failure included chronic lymphoedema [hazard ratio (HR) = 2.28, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.16–4.48; p = 0.02),and revision between resection and definitive reimplantation (HR = 2.13, 95% CI 1.20–3.79; p = 0.01, whereas patients treated with intravenously administered Cefazolin had a significant reduction in recurrent infection rate (HR = 0.48, 95% CI 0.25–0.90; p = 0.02).
Our findings should be of help in counselling patients regarding their prognosis when faced with two-stage exchange for infected TKA and provide a basis for future comparisons.
PMCID: PMC3251662  PMID: 21553042
3.  Cardiac and Thromboembolic Complications and Mortality in Patients Undergoing Total Hip and Total Knee Arthroplasty 
Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases  2011;70(12):2082-2088.
Study 90-day cardiac and thromboembolic complications and all-cause mortality following total hip or knee arthroplasty (THA/TKA).
In a population-based cohort of all Olmsted County residents who underwent a THA or TKA between 1994 and 2008, we assessed 90-day occurrence and predictors of cardiac complications (myocardial infarction, cardiac arrhythmia or congestive heart failure), thromboembolic complications (deep venous thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE)) and mortality.
Among the Olmsted County THA and TKA cohorts, 90-day complication rates were as follows: cardiac, 15.8% and 6.9%; thromboembolic, 4.9% and 4.0%; and mortality, 0.7% and 0.4%, respectively. Unadjusted frequency of cardiac/thromboembolic events differed by history of prior respective event. In multivariable-adjusted logistic regression analyses, ASA class III–IV (OR, 6.1, 95% CI:1.6, 22.8) and higher Deyo-Charlson comorbidity score (OR, 1.2, 95% CI:1.0,1.4) were significantly associated with odds of 90-day cardiac event post-THA in patients with no known prior cardiac event. In those with known prior cardiac disease, ASA class III–IV (OR, 4.4, 95% CI:2.0, 9.9), male gender (OR, 0.5, 95% CI:0.3,0.9) and history of thromboembolic disease (OR, 3.2; 95% CI:1.4,7.0) were significantly associated with odds of cardiac complication 90-day post-THA. No significant predictors of thromboembolism were found in THA patients.
In TKA patients with no prior cardiac history, age >65 years (OR, 4.1, 95% CI:1.2, 14.0), and ASA class III–IV (OR, 2.8, 95% CI:1.1,6.8) and in TKA patients with known cardiac disease, ASA class III–IV (OR, 3.2, 95% CI:1.8,5.7) was significantly associated with odds of 90-day cardiac event. In TKA patients with no prior thromboembolic disease, male gender (OR, 0.5, 95% CI:0.2,0.9) and higher Charlson index (OR, 1.2, 95% CI:1.1,1.3) and in patients with known thromboembolic disease, higher Charlson index score (OR, 1.1, 95% CI:1.1,1.4) was associated with odds of 90-day thromboembolic event.
Older age, higher comorbidity, higher ASA class and prior history of cardiac/thromboembolic disease was associated with an increased risk of 90-day cardiac and thromboembolic complications.
PMCID: PMC3315837  PMID: 22021865
Cardiac; Thromboembolic; Total Hip Arthroplasty; Total Knee Arthroplasty; Mortality
4.  Peptic ulcer disease and Pulmonary disease are Associated with Risk of Periprosthetic Fracture after Primary Total Knee Arthroplasty 
Arthritis care & research  2011;63(10):1471-1476.
To assess the association of specific comorbidities with periprosthetic fractures after primary total knee replacement (TKA)
We used the prospectively collected data in the Mayo Clinic Total Joint Registry from 1989-2008 on all patients who had undergone primary TKA. The outcome of interest was postoperative periprosthetic fractures during the follow-up. Main predictors of interest were comorbidities grouped from the validated Deyo-Charlson index. Multivariable-adjusted Cox regression analyses adjusted for gender, age, body mass index (BMI), American Society of Anesthesiology (ASA) class, operative diagnosis and implant fixation. Hazard ratios and 95% confidence intervals were calculated.
We included 17,633 primary TKAs with a mean follow-up of 6.3 years. The mean age was 68 years, 55% were women and mean BMI was 31. There were 188 postoperative periprosthetic fractures on postoperative day one or later; 162 fractures (86%) occurred postoperative day 90 day or later. In multivariable analyses that simultaneously adjusted for all comorbidities and other variables (age, gender, BMI, ASA, operative diagnosis, cement status), two conditions were significantly associated with increased hazard of postoperative periprosthetic fractures: peptic ulcer disease, hazard ratio of 1.87 (95% confidence interval:1.28, 2.75; p=0.0014); and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) hazard ratio of 1.62 (95% confidence interval:1.10, 2.40; p=0.02).
Peptic ulcer disease and COPD are associated with higher risk of periprosthetic fractures after primary TKA. This may be related to the disease or their treatments, which needs further study. Identification of specific risk factor may allow for implementation of intervention strategies to reduce this risk.
PMCID: PMC3183369  PMID: 21748860
Total knee arthroplasty; total knee replacement; periprosthetic fracture; predictors; risk factors; comorbidity; Primary TKA

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