ABSTRACT: We tested the hypothesis that the non-image-based navigation system used in our department was able to measure accurately the 3D positioning of the acetabular cup of a total hip replacement (THR) and to increase the accuracy of its implantation during THR. We studied 50 consecutive navigated implantations of a THR and compared the intra-operative measurement of the cup by the navigation system to the post-operative measurement by computed tomography (CT) scan. The mean difference between the navigated and CT scan measurements for cup inclination was 2 degrees . The mean difference between the navigated and CT-scan measurements for cup flexion was 4 degrees . These differences were significant but considered to be clinically irrelevant in most cases. A total of 73% of the cases were within the safe zone defined prior to the study. The non-image-based system used allows a precise orientation of the cup during THR.
International Orthopaedics 12/2007; 33(1):83-7. · 2.03 Impact Factor