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BioMed Research International
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 649506, 7 pages
Clinical Study

Mean 5-Year Clinical and Radiographic Outcomes of Cementless Total Hip Arthroplasty in Patients under the Age of 30

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Utah, 590 Wakara Way, University Orthopaedics Center, Salt Lake City, UT 84108, USA

Received 14 April 2013; Accepted 12 June 2013

Academic Editor: Nicholas Dunne

Copyright © 2013 Jeremy M. Gililland et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We performed a retrospective review of 40 consecutive modern cementless THAs with 65-month mean followup in 34 patients under the age of 30 primarily for diagnoses other than inflammatory arthritis. We found acceptable functional improvement and radiographic outcomes at mean 5-year followup. We found a high transfusion rate, dislocation rate (10%), and midterm overall aseptic revision rate (17%). Twenty-eight (67.5%) of hips in this series were metal on metal, with a large percentage of aseptic revisions related to metallosis (57%). When revisions due to metallosis were excluded, the aseptic revision rate was 7.5%. The high prevalence of prior pediatric hip surgery in these patients (50%) may predispose to increased technical difficulty resulting in increased complications and higher revision rates. Although our revision rate was high in these young patients, it is favorable compared to older techniques and consistent with the limited data available with modern cementless techniques in patients of similar age. Cementless THA with modern designs remains a viable option for the treatment of arthritis in the young patient.