The Journal of Arthroplasty, Volume 28, Issue 6, 1015 - 1020

Can Squeaking With Ceramic-On-Ceramic Hip Articulations In Total Hip Arthroplasty Be Avoided?

Kiyama, Takahiko et al.

Squeaking is a recognized complication of total hip arthroplasty with ceramic on ceramic bearings but the etiology has not been well identified. We evaluated 183 hips in 148 patients who had undergone ceramic-on-ceramic noncemented total hip arthroplasties at one center between 1997–2007 by standardized telephone interviews and radiographic review. Audible squeaking was reported from 22 hips (12% of 183) of 19 patients. Prevalence of squeaking was associated with younger age; obesity; lateralized cup position; use of beta titanium alloy femoral components and shortened head length options; and higher reported activity level, greater pain, and decreased satisfaction at the time of the interview. Squeaking was described as having little personal significance by most patients. Squeaking might be preventable in part through medialization of the acetabular cup and avoidance of the use of shortened femoral necks.

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