Hip joint replacement has come a long way after it was first done in 1970….

From smaller size heads and cemented prosthesis we have now come to larger heads and cementless prosthesis. Ceramic Heads gave replaced cobalt-chrome  heads. But there are few issues which have always troubled HIP- REPLACEMENT patients.

1. Post Operative Dislocation 

2. Range Of Movement(i.e. not sitting cross legged)

These two issues have been very well addressed to by a new Hip Joint…THE DUAL MOBILITY HIP JOINT.

What is Dual Mobility ?

  • Metalback shell fixed to acetabulum with highly polished inner surface 
  • Prosthesis head articulates within a retentive polyethylene (A)
  • Polyethylene is like a large head and free to move in metalback shell in a NON RETENTIVE way 

Why have Dual Mobility?

  • Improve prosthetic stability, significantly reduce the risk of  dislocation  – increased jump gap
  • Increase amplitude of movement before impingement
  • To reduce wear
  • To reduce shear forces at the bone interface which contribute to implant loosening

How do we get increased range of motion with Dual Mobility?

  • 1st  mobility, head moves in  liner
  • 2nd liner moves within the shell



It has been demonstrated that dual mobility cups have a stability advantage over standard hemispherical cups


  • Fractured neck of femur

Primary hip replacements:

  • Elderly patients (> 55)
  • Non compliant patients (dementia, alcohol..)
  • Tumors
  • Joint laxity (neuro muscular disorders, cerebral palsy, age)
  • Dysplasia & congenital dislocations
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

All revisions:

  • Revisions due to any reason(ostelytic loosening, periprosthetic fractures etc)
  • For dislocations because many dislocations become recurrent


  • Extensive clinical history (>30 years)