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Medium term results for the hydroxyapatite ceramic-coated Furlong® total hip prosthesis

Alexander Ryborz, University of Cologne, Medical Director: Professor P. G. Schneider MD

Category: Furlong Clinical Results

In order to determine the medium-term results for the hydroxyapatite ceramic-coated Furlong® total hip prosthesis, the first 119 patients to be implanted with this prosthesis during a primary total hip replacement at the Klinik fur Orthopädie und Sporttraumatologie in Cologne-Braunsfeld were invited to the follow-up study. The 91 patients who attended had received 101 total hip replacements with the hydroxyapatite ceramic-coated Furlong® total hip prosthesis in the period from August 1989 to April 1992. The follow-up study was carried out 3.9 to 6.6 years after arthroplasty (average 4.8 years). The average age of the patients at implantation was 58.2 years. The youngest patient was 29 and the oldest was 71.

The clinical results achieved by the hydroxyapatite ceramic-coated Furlong® total hip prostheses were excellent an average of 4.8 years after implantation. There was only one case of aseptic socket loosening. No shaft loosening was found. Xeroradiographs showed perfect osteointegration of the prostheses, as is the aim in hip replacement surgery.