Reconstruction of failed acetabular component in the presence of severe acetabular bone loss: a systematic review

  • A. Volpin
  • S. Konan
  • C. Biz
  • R. J. Tansey
  • F. S. Haddad


Acetabular revision especially in the presence of severe bone loss is challenging. There is a paucity of literature critiquing contemporary techniques of revision acetabular reconstruction and their outcomes. The purpose of this study was to systematically review the literature and to report clinical outcomes and survival of contemporary acetabular revision arthroplasty techniques (tantalum metal shells, uncemented revision jumbo shells, reinforced cages and rings, oblong shells and custom-made triflange constructs). Full-text papers and those with an abstract in English published from January 2001 to January 2016 were identified through international databases. A total of 50 papers of level IV scientific evidence, comprising 2811 hips in total, fulfilled the inclusion criteria and were included. Overall, patients had improved outcomes irrespective of the technique of reconstruction as documented by postoperative hip scores. Our pooled analysis suggests that oblong cups components had a lower failure rate compared with other different materials considered in this review. Custom-made triflange cups had one of highest failure rates. However, this may reflect the complexity of revisions and severity of bone loss. The most common postoperative complication reported in all groups was dislocation. This review confirms successful acetabular reconstructions using diverse techniques depending on the type of bone loss and highlights key features and outcomes of different techniques. In particular, oblong cups and tantalum shells have successful survivorship.


Acetabular revision surgery Paprosky classification Hip revision surgery Acetabular defects Pelvic discontinuity 


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Conflict of interest

A. Volpin, S. Konan, C. Biz, R. J. Tansey declare that they have no conflict of interest. F. S. Haddad reports grants from Stryker and grants from Smith and Nephew, outside the submitted work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Volpin
    • 1
  • S. Konan
    • 1
  • C. Biz
    • 2
  • R. J. Tansey
    • 1
  • F. S. Haddad
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Trauma and OrthopaedicsUniversity College London HospitalLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of Trauma and OrthopaedicsUniversity of PadovaPaduaItaly

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