alexa New joints for the Millennium: wear control in total replacement hip joints.
Orthopaedics

Orthopaedics

Journal of Arthritis

Author(s): Dowson D

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Hip joint replacement is described as the greatest achievement in orthopaedic surgery in the twentieth century. The field has been dominated for some forty years by implants based upon metallic femoral heads and stems and polymeric acetabular cups. At the dawn of the new Millennium, many alternative materials and designs are now being proposed or evaluated. The reasons for these developments and the current contributions of engineering science and tribology to advances in hip replacement are discussed. Illustrations are presented of the significant changes being proposed or introduced. While the new designs of total hip replacements offer exciting engineering contributions to the future of joint replacement, the long-term benefits to patients will depend upon the biological response to the new devices.

This article was published in Proc Inst Mech Eng H and referenced in Journal of Arthritis

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