Dual-mobility socket in challenging total hip arthroplasty: 2-6 years follow-up


total hip arthroplasty ; dual-mobility socket ; dislocation

Published online: Jul 05 2019

Christophe Pattyn , Philippe Willekens , Emmanuel Audenaert

From the department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology, Ghent University Hospital, Ghent, Belgium


The success of dual-mobility sockets in achieving implant stability in primary hip replacement is already well established. However, stability cannot always be achieved, especially when dealing with more difficult indications.

At our department, 104 dual-mobility sockets (92 uncemented and 12 cemented) were implanted for primary total hip arthroplasty in 97 patients between 2009 and 2013. Indications for hip arthroplasty included primary and secondary coxarthrosis, acetabular and subcapital fractures, avascular necrosis, tumor surgery and metastatic fractures. Although no loosenings were observed, 2 dislocations and 1 infection occurred shortly after surgery.

In this challenging group of patients no fixation problems or intraprosthetic dislocations have been observed. The design therefore seems to be a valid alternative to constrained implants, especially in high- risk cases, although dislocation cannot be prevented at all times. Although the findings are very promising, long-term survival studies are mandatory to evaluate intraprosthetic stability and fixation longevity of dual-mobility sockets.