Treatment of Severe Acetabular Defects With an Antiprotrusio Cage and Trabecular Metal Augments - Clinical and Radiographic Results After a Mean Follow-Up of 6.6 Years

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Background: Large acetabular bone defects present a serious challenge in revision total hip arthroplasty. The off-label use of antiprotrusio cages in combination with tantalum augments is a promising treatment option in these difficult situations. Methods: Between 2008 and 2013, 100 consecutive patients underwent acetabular cup revision with a cage-augment combination in Paprosky 2 and 3 defect types (including pelvic discontinuities). There were 59 patients available for follow-up. The primary endpoint was the explantation of the cage-and-augment construct. The secondary endpoint was acetabular cup revision for any reason. Also, radiographic and functional outcomes (Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index, Harris Hip Score) were evaluated. Implant survival rates were determined using a Kaplan–Meier analysis. The significance level was set at P < .05. Results: Explantation-free survivorship of the “Cage-and-Augment” system was 91.9% after a mean follow-up of 6.2 years (range, 0 to 12.8). All 6 explantations were due to periprosthetic joint infection (PJI). The overall revision-free implant survival rate was 85.7%, including 6 additional liner revisions due to instability. In addition, 6 early PJI occurred, which were successfully treated with debridement, irrigation, and implant retention. We did observe one patient who had radiographic loosening of the construct without necessity for treatment. Conclusion: The combination of an antiprotrusio cage with tantalum augments is a promising technique in treating large acetabular defects. A major risk of PJI and instability due to large bone and soft tissue defects needs special attention.


Seiten (von - bis)2415-2422
FachzeitschriftJournal of Arthroplasty
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - Nov. 2023

Externe IDs

PubMed 37271233


ASJC Scopus Sachgebiete


  • acetabular defect, cage-and-augment, periprosthetic joint infection, revision, total hip arthroplasty, trabecular metal