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ISRN Orthopedics
Volume 2013, Article ID 632126, 6 pages
Clinical Study

Comparative Outcomes Assessment: Hip Hemiarthroplasty as an Alternative to THA in Patients with Surgically Pristine Acetabulum—Is There Still a Role?

1Greenville Health System Department of Orthopaedics, 701 Grove Road, Greenville, SC 29607, USA
2GHS, Orthopaedic Surgery, University of South Carolina SOM, Greenville Health System, P.O. Box 27114, Greenville, SC 29616, USA
3Hendricks Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, 300 Hospital Lane Suite 300, Danville, IN 46122, USA
4Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas, 200 Patewood Drive, Suite C100, Greenville, SC 29615, USA

Received 19 June 2013; Accepted 15 July 2013

Academic Editors: G. Babis and M. Hasegawa

Copyright © 2013 Thomas B. Pace 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.


This is a retrospective review of 243 hip arthroplasties treated with either hemiarthroplasty (61 surgeries-Group 1) or total hip arthroplasty (182 surgeries-Group 2). The mid- to long-term results of relatively similar, predominately young patient cohorts were assessed annually via radiographs and the Harris Hip Scores for pain and clinical function. Groin pain persisted in 16.4% of Group 1 and 5.5% of Group 2 ( ). Thigh pain persisted in 11.5% of Group 1 and 2.2% of Group 2 ( ). Complications in Group 1 were 4/61 including 2 revisions with an overall survival rate of 96.7% versus Group 2 complication rate of 29/182 with 15 revisions and an overall survival rate of 91.8%. There were no cases of acetabular protrusio in Group 1, but 2 cases (1%) in Group 2 had cup loosening or osteolysis. Two cases were revised in Group 1 (3.2%). Both were undersized femoral stems. The fifteen revisions (8.2%) in Group 2 included loose stem (1), instability (8), infections (3), cup loosening (2), and accelerated polyethylene wear (1). Hemiarthroplasty has a higher incidence of thigh and groin pain but fewer complications compared with total hip arthroplasty.