Does stem length matter?
O. Şahap Atik
Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Medical Faculty of Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey
Keywords: Hip arthroplasty; stem length.
There are still some controversial issues regarding total hip arthroplasty including cemented vs. cementless, short stem vs. long stem. A literature review on the currently published survival results of short stems is encouraging and appears to be comparable with that of traditional uncemented stems. However, only few midterm and long-term follow-up studies are available; studies with more patients and longer follow-up periods are needed.