In older patients undergoing hemiarthroplasty for repair of a hip fracture, cemented fixation reduces the risk of aseptic revisions, according to a large retrospective cohort analysis reported in an abstract scheduled for release at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. The meeting was canceled due to COVID-19.
“These data suggest surgeons should consider cemented over uncemented femoral stem fixation in the absence of contraindications,” reported, an orthopedic surgeon with the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group, Kaiser Moanalua Medical Center, Honolulu.
The finding was drawn from a cohort analysis conducted in the United States. Several studies conducted in Europe and elsewhere, including randomized trials, have also favored cement.
“Cemented fixation is becoming a standard of care for elderly individuals outside of the U.S., but this study was conducted to evaluate the U.S. experience,” explained Dr. Okike in an interview.
Citing 2018data, Dr. Okike reported that more than half of hemiarthroplasties in the United States are still being fixed without cement.
The retrospective cohort analysis was undertaken with the Kaiser Permanente Hip Fracture Registry, selecting patients age 60 years or older who underwent hemiarthroplasty for hip fracture between 2009 and 2017. Of the 12,491 patients, 6,449 (51.6%) included cement fixation, and the remaining were uncemented.
After controlling for confounders, including age, sex, body mass index, and comorbidities, the incidence of aseptic revision 1 year after repair was 3.0% in the uncemented group and 1.3% in the cemented group. By hazard ratio (HR), the risk of aseptic revision, which was the primary endpoint, was increased by more than 75% (HR 1.77; 95% confidence interval, 1.43-2.19; P < .001).
Of the secondary outcomes evaluated, such as medical complications at 90 days or mortality at 1 year, none were significantly different between the two arms.
A post hoc analysis suggested that a higher risk of periprosthetic fracture explained the higher rates of aseptic revision in the uncemented group, according to Dr. Okike, whose data have now been published ().
Surgeon preference was also evaluated in this study as an instrumental variable. When patients treated by a surgeon with a preference for cemented fixation were compared with those treated by a surgeon with a preference for cementless repair, the relative advantage of cement for the primary outcome was similar (HR, 1.74; P = .02).
These data are consistent with trials outside of the United States. For example, a randomized trial with 160 patients conducted in New Zealand associated cemented fixation with a lower risk of periprosthetic fracture (1 vs. 18) and superior Oxford hip scores (). Similarly, a randomized trial of 141 patients conducted in Sweden associated cemented fixation with lower rate of periprosthetic fracture (0 vs. 9) and improved outcomes on several instruments, including the Harris Hip Scale ( ).
Cemented fixation generally requires a slightly longer operating time, but it is not otherwise more difficult or more expensive, according to Dr. Okike. He believes these results encourage cemented fixation in older patients without contraindications. This is already specifically recommended in AAOS guidelines for the management of hip fractures in elderly patients.
An orthopedic surgeon who has published frequently on total hip arthroplasty, Emil van Haaren, MD, of Zuyderland Medical Center, Heerlen, the Netherlands, confirmed that cemented hemiarthroplasty is considered “the golden standard of care” at his institution. In one study for which he served as the senior author, survival was characterized as excellent in older patients receiving cemented hip arthroplasty that were followed for more than 10 years ().
“We routinely use cemented prosthesis in hip fracture management when an arthroplasty is indicated,” he reported, echoing the contention by Dr. Okike that this approach is dominant in many centers outside of the United States.
Dr. Okike reports no potential conflicts of interest.
SOURCE: Okiki KM et al.