Early Term Radiographic Follow-Up of the Trident Tritanium Acetabular Component


  • David DeBoer Southern Joint Replacement Institute
  • Jeffrey Hodrick Southern Joint Replacement Institute
  • Matthew Christie Southern Joint Replacement Institute




Primary Total Hip Arthroplasty, Biologic Fixation, Titanium, Acetabulum, Ultra Porous Surface, Treatment Outcome, Follow-Up Study, Radiography, Retrospective Study


INTRODUCTION: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the two year clinical and radiographic outcomes of patients undergoing a primary total hip arthroplasty (THA) using the Trident Tritanium primary Cup.


METHODS: 197 patients who underwent a direct anterior THA using a Tritanium acetabular component between 2011 and 2015 were retrospectively reviewed by two surgeons from a single institution. The investigators, along with an independent physician, separately reviewed radiographs blinded to clinical data looking for radiolucent lines adjacent to the acetabular cup using the Charnley-DeLee zones. Clinical results were measured using acetabular revision surgery as an end point for failure. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Levels of Evidence, this study was consistent with a Level III Therapeutic study.


RESULTS: 101 (48.73%) subjects did not exhibit any radiolucent lines around the acetabular component. 53 (26.90%) subjects displayed radiolucency in only one zone. 27 (13.71%) subjects displayed radiolucency in two zones, and 16 (8.12%) displayed radiolucency in all three zones. Radiolucency was most prevalent in zone 1 at 2 years with 83 (42.13%) subjects displaying radiolucency. There were five (2.54%) acetabular failures within two years of the index surgery. Of those 5 subjects, 3 displayed radiolucency in 1 zone, 2 displayed radiolucency in >1 zone, and 2 displayed radiolucencies >1 mm.


CONCLUSION: In our study, the Tritanium Cup demonstrated a 2.54% failure rate for aseptic loosening at 2 year follow-up. In addition, 48.73% of patients displayed a radiolucent line in at least one Charnley-DeLee zone. We also observed a progression of radiolucencies between the 6 month radiographs and the 2 year radiographs.

Author Biographies

David DeBoer, Southern Joint Replacement Institute

Dr. David DeBoer

Jeffrey Hodrick, Southern Joint Replacement Institute

Dr. Jeffrey Hodrick

Matthew Christie, Southern Joint Replacement Institute

Dr. Matthew Christie


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How to Cite

DeBoer, D., Hodrick, J., & Christie, M. (2021). Early Term Radiographic Follow-Up of the Trident Tritanium Acetabular Component. Reconstructive Review, 11(1). https://doi.org/10.15438/rr.11.1.273