Use of cemented all-polyethylene and metal-backed acetabular components in total hip arthroplasty. A comparative study

David C. Markel, Michael H. Huo, Pamela D. Katkin, Eduardo A. Salvati

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The results of 115 primary total hip arthroplasties (97 patients) performed using the Charnley system and contemporary cementing techniques were reviewed. Fifty-five all-polyethylene cups and 60 metal-backed cups were used. The mean follow-up period was 84 months. No statistically significant difference was noted between groups for radiographic loosening and no cup has been revised to date. Survival analysis did not reveal a statistically significant difference between groups. Although all-polyethylene cups had significantly greater polyethylene thickness, no difference was noted for rate of wear. Increased loosening of the metal-backed cups was not observed. Polyethylene thickness is increased by the use of 22-mm heads and this may have accounted for the lack of difference in loosening rates of the all-polyethylene and metal-backed cups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S1-S7
JournalThe Journal of Arthroplasty
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
StatePublished - Nov 1995



  • all-polyethylene
  • cemented acetabulae
  • hip arthroplasty
  • hip joint
  • joint arthroplasty
  • metal-backed

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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