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The Ringloc liner compared with the Hexloc liner in total hip arthroplasty

Olof Sköldenberg, Mats Salemyr, Olle Muren, Åke Johansson, Torbjörn Ahl, Henrik Bodén
  • Mats Salemyr
    Karolinska Institute, Sweden
  • Olle Muren
    Karolinska Institute, Sweden
  • Åke Johansson
    Karolinska Institute, Sweden
  • Torbjörn Ahl
    Karolinska Institute, Sweden
  • Henrik Bodén
    Karolinska Institute, Sweden


The aim of this study was to compare the 10-year survival rate, pelvic osteolysis frequency and linear head penetration rate of the Hexloc and Ringloc liners used together with a partially threaded porous and hydroxyapatite coated cup and the Bi-Metric uncemented femoral stem. The 15-year results for the cup with the Hexloc liner are also reported. We included 332 consecutive hips (166 Hexloc and 166 Ringloc) on 281 patients in the study. Revisions of prosthesis components were recorded and pelvic osteolytic lesions were assessed using radiographs and computed tomography. The linear head penetration rate was measured using the Martell method. The 10-year survival rate of the liner with revision due to liner wear and/or osteolysis as endpoint was 88% for the Hexloc liner and 98% for the Ringloc liner. The 15-year survival rate of the Hexloc liner was 67%. Pelvic osteolysis was found in 27% of the Hexloc and 19% of the Ringloc hips. After 15 years, 53% of the Hexloc hips had developed an osteolytic lesion. The linear head penetration rate was 0.16 mm/year for the Hexloc liner and 0.12 mm/year for the Ringloc liner. This paper is the first to describe the rapidly deteriorating survival up to 15 years with the old generation gamma-in-air sterilized polyethylene used in Hexloc liners. The newer Ringloc liner with the ArCom™ polyethylene has superior clinical results but a linear wear rate and frequency of osteolytic lesions that is higher than expected.


Primary, total hip arthroplasty, osteolysis, cup, wear

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Submitted: 2009-03-20 16:05:16
Published: 2009-08-24 13:26:08
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