Wear Mechanisms in Ceramic Hip Implants


The wear in hip implants is one of the main causes for premature hip replacements. The wear affects the potential life of the prosthesis and subsequent removals of in vivo implants. Therefore, the objective of this article is to review various joints that show lower wear rates and consequently higher life. Ceramics are used in hip implants and have been found to produce lower wear rates. This article discusses the advantages and disadvantages of ceramics compared to other implant materials. Different types of ceramics that are being used are reviewed in terms of the wear characteristics, debris released, and their size together with other biological factors. In general, the wear rates in ceramics were lower than that of metal-on-metal and metal-on-polyethylene combinations. (Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances 13(2):94–105, 2004)

SKU: JSOA-2004-13-2-SU6 Categories: ,

Matthew Slonaker, BS (Mech Eng), and Tarun Goswami, ME (Mech Eng), ME (Hon),
DSc (Mech Eng)