Cemented versus uncemented hemiarthroplasty for femoral neck fractures in elderly patients: a meta-analysis

PLoS One. 2013 Jul 23;8(7):e68903. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0068903. Print 2013.


Objective: Controversy still exists regarding using cemented or uncemented hemiarthroplasty for femoral neck fractures in elderly patients. The aim of this study is to compare the effectiveness and safety of the two surgical techniques in femoral neck fracture patients over 70 years old.

Methods: We searched PUBMED, EMBASE, Cochrane Library, CNKI and VIP Database from inception to December 2012 for relevant randomized controlled trials (RCTs). Outcomes of interest include postoperative hip function, residue pain, complication rates, mortality, reoperation rate, operation time and intraoperative blood loss. Odds ratios (OR) and weighted mean differences (WMD) from each trial were pooled using random-effects model or fixed-effects model given on the heterogeneity of the included studies.

Results: 7 RCTs involving 1,125 patients (1,125 hips) were eligible for meta-analysis. Our results demonstrate that cemented hemiarthroplasty is associated with better postoperative hip function (OR = 0.48, 95% CI, 0.31-0.76; P = 0.002), lower residual pain (OR = 0.43, 95%CI, 0.29-0.64; P<0.0001), less implant-related complications (OR = 0.15, 95%CI, 0.09-0.26; P<0.00001) and longer operation time (WMD = 7.43 min, 95% CI, 5.37-9.49 min; P<0.00001). No significant difference was observed between the two groups in mortality, cardiovascular and cerebrovascular complications, local complications, general complications, reoperation rate and intraoperative blood loss.

Conclusions: Compared with uncemented hemiarthroplasty, the existing evidence indicates that cemented hemiarthroplasty can achieve better hip function, lower residual pain and less implant-related complications with no increased risk of mortality, cardiovascular and cerebrovascular complications, general complications, local complications and reoperation rate in treating elderly patients with femoral neck fractures.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Meta-Analysis

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Bias
  • Blood Loss, Surgical
  • Bone Cements / pharmacology*
  • Confidence Intervals
  • Femoral Neck Fractures / surgery*
  • Hemiarthroplasty* / adverse effects
  • Hip / physiopathology
  • Hip / surgery
  • Humans
  • Intraoperative Care
  • Odds Ratio
  • Postoperative Care
  • Postoperative Complications / etiology
  • Reoperation
  • Risk Assessment
  • Time Factors


  • Bone Cements

Grants and funding

These authors have no support or funding to report.