Thirty-seven patients with extensive acetabular defects due to loose implants had revisions with uncemented components, the acetabulum being augmented with homograft bone. In six of these, a histological study of graft incorporation was made. At a mean follow-up of 1.5 years 34 patients were free of pain and 35 could walk for 30 minutes or longer. No graft had obviously sequestrated. Two components had radiological evidence of migration but remain asymptomatic. We conclude that cementless revision surgery with homograft supplementation of the acetabulum is clinically successful in the short-term. The long-term outcome is unknown.