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The Bone & Joint Journal
Vol. 104-B, Issue 7 | Pages 852 - 858
1 Jul 2022
Grothe T Günther K Hartmann A Blum S Haselhoff R Goronzy J


Head-taper corrosion is a cause of failure in total hip arthroplasty (THA). Recent reports have described an increasing number of V40 taper failures with adverse local tissue reaction (ALTR). However, the real incidence of V40 taper damage and its cause remain unknown. The aim of this study was to evaluate the long-term incidence of ALTR in a consecutive series of THAs using a V40 taper and identify potentially related factors.


Between January 2006 and June 2007, a total of 121 patients underwent THA using either an uncemented (Accolade I, made of Ti12Mo6Zr2Fe; Stryker, USA) or a cemented (ABG II, made of cobalt-chrome-molybdenum (CoCrMo); Stryker) femoral component, both with a V40 taper (Stryker). Uncemented acetabular components (Trident; Stryker) with crosslinked polyethylene liners and CoCr femoral heads of 36 mm diameter were used in all patients. At a mean folllow-up of 10.8 years (SD 1.1), 94 patients (79%) were eligible for follow-up (six patients had already undergone a revision, 15 had died, and six were lost to follow-up). A total of 85 THAs in 80 patients (mean age 61 years (24 to 75); 47 (56%) were female) underwent clinical and radiological evaluation, including the measurement of whole blood levels of cobalt and chrome. Metal artifact reduction sequence MRI scans of the hip were performed in 71 patients.

The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery British Volume
Vol. 90-B, Issue 8 | Pages 1039 - 1044
1 Aug 2008
Lützner J Krummenauer F Wolf C Günther K Kirschner S

After obtaining informed consent, 80 patients were randomised to undergo a navigated or conventional total knee replacement. All received a cemented, unconstrained, cruciate-retaining implant with a rotating platform. Full-length standing and lateral radiographs and CT scans of the hip, knee and ankle joint were carried out five to seven days after operation.

No notable differences were found between computer-assisted navigation and conventional implantation techniques as regards the rotational alignment of the femoral or tibial components. Although the deviation from the transepicondylar axis was relatively low, there was a considerable range of deviation for the tibial rotational alignment. There was no statistically significant difference regarding the occurrence pattern of outliers in mechanical malalignment but the number of outliers was reduced in the navigated group.

The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery British Volume
Vol. 87-B, Issue 10 | Pages 1416 - 1419
1 Oct 2005
Stürmer T Dreinhöfer K Gröber-Grätz D Brenner H Dieppe P Puhl W Günther K

In order to assess current opinions on the long-term outcome after primary total hip replacement, we performed a multicentre, cross-sectional survey in 22 centres from 12 European countries. Different patient characteristics were categorised into ‘decreases chances’, ‘does not affect chances’, and ‘increases chances’ of a favourable long-term outcome, by 304 orthopaedic surgeons and 314 referring practitioners. The latter were less likely to associate age older than 80 years and obesity with a favourable outcome than orthopaedic surgeons (p < 0.001 and p = 0.006, respectively) and more likely to associate age younger than 50 years with a favourable outcome (p = 0.006). Comorbidity, rheumatoid arthritis, and poor bone quality were thought to be associated with a decreased chance of a favourable outcome. We found important differences in the opinions regarding long-term outcome after total hip replacement within and between referring practitioners and orthopaedic surgeons. These are likely to affect access to and the provision of total hip replacement.