Author(s): Loudon JR, Charnley J
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Abstract A method is described of measuring radiological subsidence of a femoral prosthesis in relation to the femur after total hip arthroplasty. The method depends on measuring the distance from the tip of the femoral prosthesis to a fixed point in the bone. Subsidence after the use of a conventional design of femoral stem is compared with that after the use of a stem with a dorsal flange (Cobra). A significant reduction in the incidence and amount of subsidence was found when using the dorsal flange. There was also a notable absence of transverse fractures involving the cement near the tip of the stem, which occurred in 26 per cent of the cases using a conventional prosthesis.
This article was published in J Bone Joint Surg Br
and referenced in Journal of Clinical Case Reports