The use of a posterior lip augmentation device for a revision of recurrent dislocation after primary cemented Charnley/Charnley Elite total hip replacement: results at a mean follow-up of six years and nine months

J Bone Joint Surg Br. 2007 Dec;89(12):1581-5. doi: 10.1302/0301-620X.89B12.19195.


Between April 1992 and July 2005, 310 posterior lip augmentation devices were used for the treatment of recurrent dislocation of the hip in 307 patients who had received primary total hip replacements (THRs) using Charnley/Charnley Elite components with a cemented acetabulum. The mean number of dislocations before stabilisation with the device was five (1 to 16) with a mean time to this intervention from the first dislocation of 3.8 years (0 days to 22.5 years). The mean age of the patients at this reconstruction was 75.4 years (39 to 96). A retrospective clinical and radiological review was carried out at a mean follow-up of six years and nine months (4.4 months to 13 years and 7 months). Of the 307 patients, 53 had died at the time of the latest review, with a functioning THR and with the posterior lip augmentation device in situ. There were four revisions (1.3%), one for pain, two for deep infection and one for loosening of the acetabular component. Radiolucent lines around the acetabular component increased in only six cases after insertion of the device which was successful in eliminating instability in 302 patients, with only five further dislocations (1.6%) occurring after its insertion.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Arthroplasty, Replacement, Hip*
  • Cementation
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Hip Dislocation / surgery*
  • Hip Prosthesis*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prosthesis Design
  • Prosthesis Failure*
  • Recurrence
  • Reoperation / methods
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Salvage Therapy / methods
  • Treatment Outcome