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Volume 7, Issue 1, Pages 19-27

Hand-Modelled Composite Prostheses after Resection of Peri-Acetabular Bone Malignancies

15 Impasse du Bon Pasteur, Rouen 76000, France
2Unité ďOncologie Pédiatrique-Adultes Jeunes, HôpitalAvicenne, 125 Rue de Stalingrad, Bobigny Cedex 93009, France
3University Hospital of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, 56 Nicolas Petkov Street, Sofia 16214, Bulgaria

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Purpose: To improve function after pelvic resection involving the acetabulum, using an anatomic composite implant built with screws and cement.

Material and method: Since 1990, 66 patients with peri-acetabular bone malignancies have been treated by extensive resection followed by hand-modelled innominate prosthesis with partially constrained total hip prosthesis. The hand-modelled innominate prosthesis was made of a titanium cup, a set of long titanium screws and two or three packs of gentamycine-loaded cement.

Results: Many postoperative complications were observed: deep infection (14%), hip prosthesis dislocation (25%) and local recurrence (15%). Sixteen patients (25%) had to be reoperated. Nevertheless, at last follow-up, 62 patients still had composite prosthesis. The mean functional result, rated according to a modified Enneking's staging system, was 80% with unlimited walking without support, average hip flexion 100°, length discrepancy less than 1 cm.

Discussion: These results were similar to those described in the literature for custom-made innominate prostheses and much better than those of alternative reconstructive procedures. Hand-modelled composite prostheses are cheaper, easier, more adaptable and enables better anchorage than custom-made prostheses. Such a procedure can be used even after total iliac wing resection.

Conclusion: The advantages of such a procedure plead for its extensive use after acetabular resection. But long-term follow-up is necessary to validate indications.