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Cementless metal-back acetabular cups have good long-term results, but some problems have appeared due to the shell's stiffness, modularity and required bearing surfaces. The RM Pressfit® Cup is a single-piece polyethylene cementless acetabular cup that is covered by a thin layer of titanium. This allows for bone integration without limitations related to the stiffness of a metal-back shell. There is very little published information about this new, innovative implant design. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the clinical and radiological results from a continuous series of 91 cups (85 patients) with a follow-up of at least 4years. No patients were lost to follow-up. The Harris Hip Score (HHS) was used to assess the clinical outcome. To assess the radiological outcomes, digital X-rays were used to evaluate the cup position and integration; wear was measured using Livermore's technique. The clinical results were excellent: the mean HHS was 94 and 82% of cases had good or excellent scores. Three of the cups had to be revised because of dislocation brought on by incorrect positioning. X-rays revealed that three implants had shifted during the first 6weeks, but had stabilized afterwards. Bone integration on X-rays was satisfactory in all cases with no signs of osteolysis. The configuration of the bone trabeculae showed that loads between the implant and peri-acetabular cancellous bone were evenly distributed. The wear of the polyethylene cup-ceramic head bearing was 0.07mm/year. The results of this series are consistent with recent published studies with the RM Pressfit® Cup.
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Keywords : Total hip arthroplasty, Cementless acetabular cup, Osseointegration