The incorporation of morselized bone grafts in cementless acetabular revisions

Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2004 Nov;(428):241-6. doi: 10.1097/01.blo.0000145889.94276.61.


The treatment of large osteolytic lesions is a challenge during acetabular revisions. Periprosthetic bone loss can compromise the stability of new implants. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the 5- to 10-year clinical and radiographic results of morselized bone grafting for acetabular osteolysis during cementless acetabular revisions. Ninety-nine patients (108 hips) who had an acetabular revision hip arthroplasty for osteolysis were retrospectively reviewed. There were 44 men and 55 women who had a mean age of 66 years. At the index revision, the acetabular defects were debrided of granulomatous tissue and packed tightly with morselized cancellous femoral head allograft. All the revision acetabular components were implanted using cementless fixation. At a mean followup of 85 months (range, 60-118 months), the results of 103 of 108 hips (95%) were clinically and radiographically successful. The mean preoperative Harris hip score was 37 points, which improved to a mean of 91 points at the last followup. All cavitary defects had complete radiographic incorporation of the bone grafts except for two lesions. The results of this study indicate that morselized bone graft incorporates into cementless acetabular revisions. This treatment method provided a stable reconstruction in 98% of patients at a mean of 7 years followup.

MeSH terms

  • Acetabulum / surgery*
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Arthroplasty, Replacement, Hip / methods*
  • Bone Transplantation*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Osteolysis / surgery*
  • Prosthesis Implantation / instrumentation*
  • Reoperation
  • Retrospective Studies