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Open Access Outcome analysis of various bearing surface materials used in total hip replacement

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Since the first total hip replacement (THR) in 1938 by Philip Wiles, prosthesis materials and THR surgical technologies have developed rapidly. In this review, we use internationally-published research to synthesize a comprehensive analysis of the specific characteristics and clinical outcomes of different bearing surfaces used in THR. Polyethylene, metallic alloys, and ceramic have become the three most commonly used hip prosthesis bearing surfaces after decades of hip implant development. Different bearing surface types have varying characteristics that offer specific benefits and risks of complication. A thorough understanding of the unique properties and possible complications of each type of bearing surface is critical to surgeons tasked with selecting appropriate implant materials for total hip replacement.
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Keywords: Bearing Surfaces; Ceramic; Metallic Alloys; Polyethylene; Prosthesis Materials; Total Hip Replacement

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Orthopedics, Guizhou Provincial People’s Hospital, Guiyang, Guizhou 550000, China 2: Department of Orthopedics, West China Hospital, Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610000, China 3: Department of Orthopedics, The Fifth People’s Hospital of Wuhu, Wuhu, Anhui 241000, China 4: Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore MD 21205, USA 5: School of Clinical Medicine, Guizhou Medical University, Guiyang, Guizhou 550000, China 6: Department of Orthopedics, The People’s Hospital of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Nanning, Guangxi 530000, China

Publication date: March 1, 2020

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