Short-term results of a new self-locking cementless femoral stem: a prospective cohort study of the Lima MasterSL

Musculoskelet Surg. 2021 Dec;105(3):257-264. doi: 10.1007/s12306-020-00651-1. Epub 2020 Mar 2.


Background: Total hip arthroplasty is a successful treatment for hip osteoarthritis. Primary and secondary implant fixation is dependent on implant design and plays an important role in the longevity of an implant. In this study, we assessed the self-locking cementless MasterSL femoral stem.

Materials and methods: In this single-centre prospective study, 50 consecutive hips with the indication for total hip arthroplasty, who met the inclusion criteria, received the MasterSL stem from LIMA Corporate. Patients had pre- and post-operative clinical and radiological assessment and completed patient-reported outcome measures [Oxford Hip Score (OHS), Harris Hip Score (HHS) and Forgotten Joint Score (FJS)] at the 6-week and 6-, 12- and 24-month mark. Post-operative X-rays were assessed for osteointegration (Engh Score), alignment and subsidence.

Results: After 2 years, aseptic survival was 100%. One hip had to be explanted due to early deep infection and was excluded from the study. At 2 years, the patients reported a significant improved HHS and OHS of 95.3 ± 5.8 and 46.1 ± 3.6 (mean ± standard deviation), respectively, compared to preoperatively. The mean ± standard deviation for the FJS was 86.4 ± 18.7 with two-thirds of the patients reporting a score above 85. The mean Engh score is 15.1 ± 5.9 (mean ± standard deviation) with no patient scoring below 1 which suggests good osteointegration in all femoral stems.

Conclusions: The MasterSL femoral stem performed well in this short-term follow-up study, with high patient satisfaction and good signs of osteointegration. Long-term follow-up will be necessary to evaluate longevity.

Level of evidence: Level 3, Prospective cohort study.

Trial registration: The study was registered on the 30.03.2016 with Australia New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry (ACTRN12617000550303).

Keywords: Arthroplasty; Lima MasterSL; Osteoarthritis, hip; Replacement, hip.

Publication types

  • Observational Study

MeSH terms

  • Arthroplasty, Replacement, Hip*
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Hip Prosthesis*
  • Humans
  • Prospective Studies
  • Prosthesis Design
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Treatment Outcome

Associated data

  • ANZCTR/ACTRN12617000550303