Single 3° tapered fluted femoral stems demonstrate low subsidence at mid-term follow-up in severe bony deficiency

Albert W. T. Ngu, Fiachra E. Rowan, Alberto V. Carli, Fares S. Haddad


Background: Tapered femoral stems have become popular in revision total hip arthroplasty (rTHA). Increasing the distal taper angle may mitigate subsidence. This study reports osseointegration of a new 3 degree distal taper revision stem at minimum 4 years post-operatively.
Methods: Indication for surgery, pre-operative bony deficiency and latest clinical, tribological and radiological follow-up were analysed. Radiographs were assessed by two blinded observers for preoperative femoral bone stock according to Paprosky, postoperative subsidence according to Callaghan and restoration of femoral bone stock over time according to Kolstad. Stem integration was determined using the Rodriguez classification.
Results: Twenty-three cases were analyzed at 5.9±1.0 years. All patients presented with Paprosky III defects. All stems met the criteria for osseointegration. Spot welds occurred distal to the proximal modular junction and at the tip. Two femora with severe proximal femoral bone loss recovered bone stock by final follow-up but two demonstrated stress shielding. No intraoperative fractures occurred. One stem subsided early but remained stable and osseointegrated at final follow up. There were no stem failures due to taper corrosion or modular junctional failure.
Conclusions: This study reports good osseointegration and low subsidence with a novel fluted, 3-degree tapered femoral stem demonstrates at medium-term follow-up in cases with severe femoral bone deficiency.