The accuracy of digital templating in uncemented total hip arthroplasty

Lukas A. Holzer*, Georg Scholler, Stefan Wagner, Jörg Friesenbichler, Werner Maurer-Ertl, Andreas Leithner

*Corresponding author for this work

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Introduction: Preoperative planning is an essential part of total hip arthroplasty (THA). It facilitates the surgical procedure, helps to provide the correct implant size and aims at restoring biomechanical conditions. In recent times, surgeons rely more and more on digital templating techniques. Although the conversion to picture archiving and communication system had many positive effects, there are still problems that have to be taken into consideration. Objectives: The core objective was to evaluate the impact of the planners’ experience on the accuracy of predicting component size in digital preoperative templating of THA. In addition, the influence of overweight and obesity (according to WHO-criteria), patient’s sex and component design on the accuracy of preoperative planning have been analysed. Materials and methods: The retrospective study included 632 consecutive patients who had primary uncemented THA. Digital templating was done using “syngo—EndoMap” software by Siemens Medical Solutions AG. Mann–Whitney U test and Kruskal–Wallis test have been used for statistical analysis. The accuracy of predicting component size has been evaluated by comparing preoperative planned sizes with implanted sizes as documented by the surgeons. The planner’s experience was tested by comparing the reliability of preoperative planning done by senior surgeons or residents. The influence of BMI on predicting component size has been tested by comparing the accuracy of digital templating between different groups of BMI according to WHO-criteria. The same procedure has been done for evaluating the impact of patient´s sex and component design. Results: The implant size was predicted exactly in 42% for the femoral and in 37% for the acetabular component. 87% of the femoral components and 78% of the acetabular cups were accurate within one size. Digital templating of femoral implant size was significantly more reliable when done by a senior surgeon. No difference was found for the acetabular component sizes. The BMI also had an impact on estimating the correct femoral implant size. In overweight patients, planning was significantly more inaccurate than normal weight people. Differences were seen in obese patients. However, these were not significant. Accuracy of acetabular components was not affected. The design of the prostheses and the patient’s sex had no influence on predicting component size. Conclusions: Inexperience and overweight are factors that correlate with inaccuracy of preoperative digital templating in femoral components, whereas acetabular components seem to be independent of these factors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-268
Number of pages6
JournalArchives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 12 Feb 2019


  • Digital templating
  • Experience
  • Obesity
  • Total hip arthroplasty
  • X-rays

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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