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Biomaterials. 2004 Sep;25(21):5199-208.

Bone bonding to hydroxyapatite and titanium surfaces on femoral stems retrieved from human subjects at autopsy.

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Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA 02139, USA.


The success of clinical results obtained with many hydroxyapatite (HA)-coated prosthetic designs has deflected attention from the need to extend the life of the HA coating on the device. In the current study the percentages of HA and titanium surfaces to which bone was bonded, on HA-coated and non-coated titanium femoral stems retrieved from human subjects, were evaluated. Plasma-sprayed hydroxyapatite (PSHA)-coated devices demonstrated wide variability in the percentage of the PSHA coating remaining on the stems. The coating was missing from a substantial portion of a stem after only about 6 months of implantation. The percentage of revealed metal to which bone was bonded was significantly less than the percentage of the HA coating demonstrating such bonding. The revealed metal to which bone was bonded was comparable to the same value for a separate group of non-PSHA-coated titanium stems. If HA-coatings degrade over time precipitous decline in performance may occur even after several functional years. Many ultrastructural features of the bone bonded to the HA coatings on these implants from human subjects were comparable to those found on HA-coated devices implanted in a canine model.

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