Mechanical stability of novel highly porous metal acetabular components in revision total hip arthroplasty

R. Michael Meneghini, Christopher Meyer, Christine A. Buckley, Arlen D. Hanssen, David G. Lewallen

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Highly porous metal acetabular components have emerged for revision hip arthroplasty. However, superior mechanical stability over traditional cementless components has not been demonstrated. Three different cementless acetabular components, including 2 highly porous tantalum designs, were inserted into hemipelvis specimens with a superolateral defect. Mechanical testing was performed to failure using a servohydraulic testing machine. The porous tantalum designs exhibited superior stability over the traditional cementless implant (P < .05). There was no difference in mechanical stability between the rigid modular tantalum shell and the more flexible revision tantalum shell (P > .46). In acetabular revision, highly porous tantalum acetabular components provide superior mechanical stability. However, these results suggest that improved frictional resistance is a more important design feature over implant flexibility with this particular implant.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)337-341
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Arthroplasty
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 2010


  • Acetabulum
  • Fixation
  • Mechanical stability
  • Porous tantalum
  • Revision hip arthroplasty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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