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Cemented or uncemented acetabular fixation in combination with the Exeter Universal cemented stem

long-term survival to 18 years

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To compare long-term survival of all-cemented and hybrid total hip arthroplasty (THA) using the Exeter Universal stem.


Details of 1,086 THAs performed between 1999 and 2005 using the Exeter stem and either a cemented (632) or uncemented acetabular component (454) were collected from local records and the New Zealand Joint Registry. A competing risks regression survival analysis was performed with death as the competing risk with adjustments made for age, sex, approach, and bearing.


There were 61 revisions (9.7%; 0.82 revisions/100 observed component years, (OCYs)) in the all-cemented group and 18 (4.0%; 0.30/100 OCYs) in the hybrid group. The cumulative incidence of revision at 18 years was 12.1% for cemented and 5.2% for hybrids. There was a significantly greater risk of revision for all-cemented compared with hybrids (unadjusted sub-hazard ratio (SHR) 2.44; p = 0.001), and of revision for loosening, wear, or osteolysis (unadjusted SHR 3.77; p < 0.001). After adjustment, the increased risk of all-cause revision did not reach significance at age 70 years and above. The advantage for revision for loosening, wear, and osteolysis remained at all ages.


This study supports the use of uncemented acetabular fixation when used in combination with the Exeter stem with improved survivorship for revision for aseptic loosening, wear, and osteolysis at all ages and for all-cause revision in patients less than 70 years.

Cite this article: Bone Joint J 2020;102-B(4):414–422

Correspondence should be sent to D. P. Gwynne-Jones; email:

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