The Metal/Polyethylene Interface

  • J. L. Tipper
  • A. A. Besong
  • H. Minakawa
  • M. H. Stone
  • B. M. Wroblewski
  • E. Ingham
  • J. Fisher


Total hip replacements have been used for over 30 years with considerable success. Approximately 50,000 hip joints are replaced each year in the UK, and world-wide that figure rises to approximately 800,000. Today the most common type of hip prostheses implanted comprises a highly polished metallic femoral head which articulates against an ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) acetabular cup. In the early 1960s Sir John Charnley pioneered the low friction arthroplasty technique, and the introduction of UHMWPE as the bearing surface of the acetabulum has allowed total joint arthroplasty to become the commonplace operation that it is today


Femoral Head Wear Rate Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene Wear Particle Wear Volume 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. L. Tipper
  • A. A. Besong
  • H. Minakawa
  • M. H. Stone
  • B. M. Wroblewski
  • E. Ingham
  • J. Fisher

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