Acta Orthopaedica et Traumatologica Turcica

Mid-to long-term results of total hip arthroplasty after contralateral lower extremity amputation

AOTT 2018; 52: 343-347
DOI: 10.1016/j.aott.2018.06.014
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There is limited literature concerning the outcomes and role of THA as a surgical option for amputee patients. The aim of this study is to determine the mid-to long-term survival and complication rates of cementless total hip arthroplasty (THA) in patients with contralateral below knee amputations.
A retrospective review of 54 patients with below knee amputation were perfomed who underwent THA for osteoarthritis of the contralateral hip over a 5-year period between 1999 and 2014. Patients were monitored for at least 5 years and assessed with the Harris Hip Score and activities of daily living scale and by evaluating migration or osteolysis around the acetabular cup and femoral stems (amputee group). The amputee group was compared with a control group (non-amputee group) with the same number of patients.
Differences in the Harris Hip Score (p = 0.021) and activities of daily living scale (p = 0.043) between the two groups were statistically significant lower in the amputee group at 3 months after surgery. However, no differences were found between the groups from 6 months postoperatively to the last follow-up (Harris Hip Score p = 0.812, activities of daily living scale p = 0.885). Radiologically, any cups or stems showed no signs of migration or osteolysis. In the amputee group, dislocation was found in 1 patient 2 months after arthroplasty (p = 0.315) and long stem revision surgery were performed on two patients due to periprosthetic fracture (p = 0.153).
THA performed on the contralateral side of patients with below knee amputation is considered to be an effective treatment with good clinical and radiological results at mid-to long-term follow-up.
Level of evidence
Level IV, therapeutic study.
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