What can the surgeon do to reduce the risk of junction breakage in modular revision stems?Modular revision stems are very common in hip arthroplasty, but junction fracture remains a known failure mechanism. A review of the literature with description of cases with junction breakage of modular revision stems showed that in all 24 analyzed cases, there was a common finding: the combination of an effective osteointegration of the distal component and missing medial bone support of the proximal component. The result was a bending stress point of the stem construction in the region of the junction.
Extraction of a well fixed but fractured ceramic acetabular linerCeramic fractures have been reported to occur in hip replacements, but the techniques used to extract a well fixed but fractured component are not commonly described. We present a case of ceramic liner fracture and validate a modification of a previously reported extraction technique that allowed us to save the acetabular cup and insert a polyethylene liner. With an increasing trend in ceramic bearing usage, it is likely that the number of ceramic liner fractures will increase and therefore knowledge of successful extraction techniques will be desirable.