In Vivo Wear and Migration of Highly Cross-Linked Polyethylene Cups A Radiostereometry Analysis Study

S.M. Rohrl, Bo Nivbrant, Ming Li, B. Hewitt

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    Abstract

    In 50 cemented hip arthroplasties, wear and migration of the polyethylene (PE) cups were measured with radiostereometric analysis for a period of 2 years. Twenty had a normal gamma-in-air-sterilized PE, another 20 had a PE sterilized with 30000 Gy followed by heat stabilization (Duration; Stryker Orthopaedics, Mahwah, NJ), and 10 had highly cross-linked PE cups irradiated with 100000 Gy (Crossfire; Stryker Orthopaedics). In the initial 2 months, head penetration (creep) was 63 mu m on average for the 3 groups. From 2 to 24 months, the mean proximal head penetration (wear) was 156 mu m for standard PE, 138 mu m for stabilized PE (P = .45), and 23 mu m for highly cross-linked PE (P < .001; analysis of variance). The low in vivo wear rate for highly cross-linked cups was not at the expense of higher migration or less favorable clinical outcome and looks promising. (c) 2005 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)409-413
    JournalThe Journal of Arthroplasty
    Volume20
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2005

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