Improved radiographic survival of the Charnley prosthesis in rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Results of new versus old operative techniques in 402 hips

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Two hundred one consecutive, primary, noninfected Charnley (Thackray, Leeds) hip arthroplasties, implanted from 1968 to 1985 due to adult-onset rheumatoid arthritis, were matched in pairs with respect to year of operation, age, and sex with 201 Charnley prostheses implanted due to osteoarthritis. The 10-year survival estimate for nonrevisions was 95% in the rheumatoid group and 89% in the osteoarthritic group. Using definite radiographic loosening as a determinant, the 7-year survival rate for stems increased from 80% to 96% for both groups after the introduction of new cementing techniques, and the relative risk for stem loosening was decreased to one fifth. In the rheumatoid arthritis group, the 7-year radiographic socket survival increased from 87% to 96%, an increase ascribed to the overall effect of the introduction of flanged sockets, bone-grafts in acetabular protrusion, the rejection of the pilot hole technique, and improvements in the cement handling technique. In the osteoarthritis group the radiographic socket survival rate at 7 years was 97% and at 10 years was 95%.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Orthopedics


  • osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, survival, Charnley hip prosthesis, radiographic
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-8
JournalJournal of Arthroplasty
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1994
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Medical Radiology Unit (013241410), Reconstructive Surgery (013240300)