Z Orthop Unfall
DOI: 10.1055/a-0808-5115
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

A Differentiated View on Short Stemmed Hip Arthroplasty – What are the Differences in Fixation and Biomechanics?

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Jörg Jerosch
1  Clinic for Orthopaedics and Orthopaedic Surgery, Johanna-Etienne Hospital, Neuss
Lars Victor von Engelhardt
2  Department for Trauma Surgery, Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, Catholic Karl Leisner Hospital Kleve, Witten/Herdecke University, Faculty of Health, Witten
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Publication Date:
11 April 2019 (eFirst)


The present paper gives an overview of the different types of short stem total hip replacements. There is a pronounced inhomogeneity of the nomenclature in clinical practice as well as in regard to the scientific literature. Examples include neck preserving implants, meta-, epi- or metadiaphyseal fixed implants, microimplants, ultrashort implants, partial neck preserving implants, trochanteric sparing implants, implants with extra- and/or intramedullar fixation, implants without primary fixation, etc. Biomechanically, the short stems vary from very short, completely neck retaining versions up to implants which are just a shorter version of a standard implant. A frequently cited classification recommends the osteotomy level as a discriminating factor. This classification categorizes into a neck preserving, partial neck preserving and neck resecting short stems.