Comparative In Vivo Wear Measurement of Conventional and Modern Bearing Surfaces in Total Hip Replacements by the Use of POLYWARE® Computerized System

  • Georgios KarydakisEmail author
  • Theofilos Karachalios


Mid-term results of a prospective randomized trial evaluating in vivo wear rates of ceramic on PE and Oxinium on PE bearing couplings in total hip replacement are presented. For the needs of the study the polyware software was used. All bearing surfaces showed a high wear rate of a varying degree up to the second postoperative year (bending in effect). Oxinium on cross-linked PE showed the lowest wear rate which reflects a satisfactory in vivo behavior. The ceramic on conventional PE coupling showed satisfactory and comparable to historical controls wear rates. Surprisingly, the ceramic on the specific cross linked PE used showed the worst wear rates. Long-term data is needed until definite conclusions can be made and no cost-effectiveness data supporting the use of Oxinium on cross-linked PEs bearing coupling exist.


Femoral Head Wear Rate Bearing Surface Linear Wear Ultra High Molecular Weight 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Orthopaedic Department251 Hellenic Airforce General HospitalAthensHellenic Republic
  2. 2.Orthopaedic Department, Faculty of Medicine, School of Health SciencesUniversity of ThessaliaLarissaHellenic Republic

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