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Orthop Clin North Am. 2015 Jul;46(3):321-7, ix. doi: 10.1016/j.ocl.2015.02.001. Epub 2015 Mar 14.

Durability of highly cross-linked polyethylene in total hip and total knee arthroplasty.

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1
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, 55 Fruit Street, Suite 3700, Boston, MA 02114, USA. Electronic address: NDion1@Partners.org.
2
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, 55 Fruit Street, Suite 3700, Boston, MA 02114, USA.

Abstract

This article reviews the history of the development of highly cross-linked polyethylene and provides an in-depth review of the clinical results regarding the durability of highly cross-linked polyethylene (HXLPE) used in total hip arthroplasty (THA) and total knee arthroplasty (TKA). The use of polyethylene as a bearing surface has contributed to the success of THA and TKA; however, polyethylene wear and osteolysis can lead to failure. Ongoing clinical and retrieval studies are required to analyze outcomes at longer-term follow-up.

KEYWORDS:

Highly cross-linked polyethylene; Osteolysis; Total hip arthroplasty; Total knee arthroplasty; Vitamin E

PMID:
26043046
DOI:
10.1016/j.ocl.2015.02.001
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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