PURPOSE: Dissociation of the polyethylene liner is a known failure mechanism of the Harris Galante I and II uncemented acetabular components. The outcomes of revision surgery for this indication and the influence of time to diagnosis are not well described.
METHODS: We report a series of 29 cases revised due to this failure mechanism. The median time from primary to revision surgery was 13 years.
RESULTS: At a median of 4 years follow-up, the mean OHS was 34 (range 6-48) but results were poorer (mean 29; range 6-45) when the diagnosis and revision was delayed compared to when it was not (mean 39; range 20-48). A large proportion of our patients (n = 14) presented with sudden onset of symptoms with or without trauma. Osteolysis was common in this series but the cup was well fixed in 20/29 cases. There was macroscopic damage to the shell in all cases.
CONCLUSIONS: In our experience, prompt revision of liner dissociation optimises outcomes in this group of patients and radiology reporting alone is not sufficient to identify these cases.
- Centre for Surgical Research
- Liner dissociation