The Journal of Arthroplasty, Volume 32, Issue 8, 2587 - 2589

10-Year Follow-Up Wear Analysis of Marathon Highly Cross-Linked Polyethylene in Primary Total Hip Arthroplasty

Bookman, Jared S. et al.


Short-term and intermediate-term wear rates for highly cross-linked polyethylene (HCLPE) liners in total hip arthroplasty (THA) are significantly lower than published rates for traditional polyethylene liners. The aim of this study was to report the longest-to-date follow-up of a specific HCLPE liner.


A series of 35 THAs using a specific HCLPE liner were reviewed. Anteroposterior radiographs were reviewed for femoral head penetration, the presence of femoral and/or acetabular osteolysis, long-term survival, total wear, and wear rates in all patients.


The average patient age at time of surgery was 70 years with an average follow-up of 10 years (118 months; range, 7.2-13.4 years). The mean wear rate in our cohort was 0.07 mm/y. Total wear was 0.71 mm over the study period. No hips showed evidence of osteolysis in any zones. Survivorship at latest follow-up was 100% with all-cause revision as an end point.


The wear rate of HCLPE liners continues to be lower than published wear rates for traditional polyethylene and continues to reaffirm the acceptably low wear rates using HCLPE acetabular liner in primary THA.

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