The Journal of Arthroplasty, Volume 29, Issue 3, 630 - 633

10-Year Follow-Up Wear Analysis of First-Generation Highly Crosslinked Polyethylene in Primary Total Hip Arthroplasty

Snir, Nimrod et al.

Our goal was to report a 10-year follow up of linear penetration rates for HCLPE, and to determine whether a difference exists between penetrations measured on pelvis or hip anterior–posterior radiographs. We reviewed 48 total hip arthroplasties where a first-generation HCLPE liner was used. Femoral head penetration was measured on both AP pelvis and hip radiographs. Total wear and wear rate at 10 years were 1.26 mm and 0.122 mm/y, respectively. The rate decreased significantly after the first 2–3 years, plateauing at a wear rate of 0.05 mm/y for the last 5 years. The AP hip total wear and wear rate were 1.38 mm and 0.133 mm/y respectively, while rates were 1.13 mm and 0.109 mm/y respectively for the pelvis radiographs (P < .05). We found a significant difference in measurements of linear penetration when comparing AP pelvis vs. hip radiographs with lower rates recorded using an AP pelvis.

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