High failure rates of the Spectron EF stem at a minimum of 10 year's follow-up.
We prospectively followed 112 hips, undergoing THA with a Spectron EF stem. At mean follow-up of 11.2years, 21 patients had died. We obtained radiological follow-up in 99% and clinical follow-up in 100% of the surviving 91 hips. Fifty-four percent demonstrated osteolysis in at least one Gruen zone. Twenty-two hips required revision for all causes, with a further five stems radiologically loose. With endpoint being stem revision for aseptic loosening or radiological failure, survivorship at 11years was 0.783. We believe the addition of a rougher surface finish has contributed to the high levels of osteolysis and stem failure seen with the Spectron EF.