Abstract

We reviewed 64 patients in whom 66 acetabula had been reconstructed with either the Muller ring (46) or the Burch-Schneider anti-protrusio cage (20) at a mean follow-up of five years. Five hips had been revised a second time for loosening, all after a Muller ring had been used for a medial segmental defect (2), ungrafted cavitary defects (2) or after resorption of a block graft (1). The use of bone grafts with the implants reduced the incidence of failure from 13% to 6% and of circumferential radiolucent lines at the bone-implant interface from 39% to 2%. The Muller ring is indicated for acetabula with isolated peripheral segmental defects or cavitary defects confined to one or two sectors. The Burch-Schneider cage should be used for medial segmental defects, extensive cavitary defects and combined deficiencies. Defects should be reconstituted with bone graft rather than cement.