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Femoral Stem Survivorship in Dorr Type A Femurs Following Total Hip Arthroplasty Using a Cementless Tapered Wedge Stem: A Matched Comparative Study with Type B Femurs

Chan-woo Park, Hyeon-jun Eun, Sung-hak Oh, Hyun-jun Kim, Seung-jae Lim, Youn-soo Park

Publication date: Available online 13 November 2018

Source: The Journal of Arthroplasty

Author(s): Chan-Woo Park, Hyeon-Jun Eun, Sung-Hak Oh, Hyun-Jun Kim, Seung-Jae Lim, Youn-Soo Park


There is a lack of understanding on relationship between the femoral geometry and outcomes of total hip arthroplasty (THA). We investigated clinical and radiographic outcomes of THA using a cementless tapered wedge stem in patients with Dorr type A proximal femoral morphology, and compared with those of type B femurs at a minimum follow-up of 5 years.


We analyzed 1089 hips (876 patients) that underwent THA using an identical cementless tapered wedge stem. We divided all femurs into 3 types (Dorr type A, B and C). Type A and B femurs were statistically matched with age, gender, body mass index and diagnosis by using propensity score matching. Clinical, radiographic results and stem survivorship were compared between the matched two groups.


A total of 611 femurs (56%) were classified as type A, 427 (39%) as type B, and 51 (5%) as type C. More radiolucent lines around femoral stems were found in type A femurs (7.8%) than in type B femurs (2.5%) (P<0.001). Patients with radiolucency showed worse Harris hip score (86.2 points) compared to those without radiolucency (93.0 points) (P<0.001). The stem survivorship of type A femur (97.8%) was lower than that of type B femur (99.5%) (P=0.041). The reasons for femoral revision in type A femurs were periprosthetic fracture (67%), aseptic loosening (22%), and deep infection (11%).


This study showed a higher rate of complications following THAs using a cementless tapered wedge stem in Dorr type A femurs than those performed in type B femurs.

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