Tribology in Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty

Potential Drawbacks and Benefits of Commonly Used Materials

  • Karl Knahr

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Basic Principles and Clinical Data on Metal-Ceramic-Polyethylene Articulations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Michael M. Morlock, Gerd Huber, Nick Bishop
      Pages 3-14
    3. Tiago Barbosa, Frédéric Ramalho, José Ferreira, Tiago Basto, Carlos Vilela, Fernando Lima et al.
      Pages 15-25
  3. Basics and Current Trends on Tribology of Total Knee Arthroplasty

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 35-35
    2. Christian Kaddick
      Pages 37-40
    3. Philipp Bergschmidt, Rainer Bader, Daniel Kluess, Carmen Zietz, Wolfram Mittelmeier
      Pages 41-50
    4. Pedro Hinarejos Gomez, Ignasi Pinol Jurado
      Pages 51-61
  4. The Hype of Ceramic – Will It Continue?

  5. Metal-on-Metal: Still an Option?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. K.-P. Günther, J. Schmitt, F. Hannemann, J. Lützner, A. Seidler, C. Kopkow et al.
      Pages 109-122
    3. Richard Lass, Alexander Grübl, Alexander Kolb, Stephan Domayer, Claudia Csuk, Bernd Kubista et al.
      Pages 131-143
    4. Keiji Haraguchi, Junichirou Koyanagi, Kosuke Tsuda, Keiju Fujiwara
      Pages 145-151
    5. Christiaan P. van Lingen, Harmen B. Ettema, Cees C. P. M. Verheyen
      Pages 163-170
    6. Aleksi Reito, Petra Elo, Jorma Pajamäki, Timo Puolakka, Antti Eskelinen
      Pages 171-182
  6. Improvements of Polyethylene – Have We Reached the Goal?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-183
    2. Orhun K. Muratoglu, Ebru Oral
      Pages 185-196
    3. Daniel Delfosse, Reto Lerf, Christian Adlhart
      Pages 197-205
    4. Philipp Rehbein, Y. Abtroun, M. Beck, J. Baines, A. de Gast, A. Steenmeijer et al.
      Pages 207-215
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 217-221

About this book


Wear and osteolysis are still the most important potential problems in total hip and knee arthroplasty. Although technology in arthroplasty has been improved dramatically during the past decade, the clinical data relating to some implants reveal that many concerns remain. During the “Tribology Day” within the scientific programme of the 2013 EFORT Congress in Istanbul, the main topics included these concerns as well as the benefits of the materials most commonly used in total hip and knee arthroplasty. This book includes the presentations delivered on the day and covers a range of interesting issues regarding metal, ceramic, and polyethylene articulations. It provides information on the current concepts relating to tribology in total hip arthroplasty and offers a critical outlook on possible improvements in total knee arthroplasty.


Basics in tribology Ceramic-ceramic articulation Metal-metal articulation Poly-metal/ceramic articulation Wear and joint interfaces

Editors and affiliations

  • Karl Knahr
    • 1
  1. 1.Orthopaedic DepartmentOrthopaedic Hospital Vienna-SpeisingViennaAustria

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