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Suska F.,Gothenburg University | Omar O.,Gothenburg University | Emanuelsson L.,Gothenburg University | Taylor M.,Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation | And 6 more authors.
Journal of Biomaterials Applications | Year: 2014

Carbon-fibre-reinforced polyether ether ketone (CFR-PEEK) exhibits excellent biomechanical properties as it has an elastic modulus similar to bone. However, CFR-PEEK displays inferior biocompatibility compared with titanium alloy and coating techniques are therefore of interest in order to improve integration. In this paper, the early biological response to CFR-PEEK implants, with and without hydroxyapatite coating, was investigated. Furthermore, a hydroxyapatite-coated titanium alloy reference served as a clinically relevant control. The study was conducted in a rabbit model, both in femur trabecular bone as well as in tibia cortical bone. The results demonstrated that an hydroxyapatite coating significantly enhances the bone response to PEEK implants in vivo. Moreover, in cortical bone, hydroxyapatite-coated PEEK implants induced superior bone response compared with hydroxyapatite-coated Ti ones. These results suggest that hydroxyapatite-coated CFR-PEEK is a suitable material for in vivo implantation. © The Author(s) 2014 Reprints and permissions: sagepub.co.uk/journalsPermissions.nav.


Gillard F.C.,University of Southampton | Dickinson A.S.,University of Southampton | Schneider U.,Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation | Taylor A.C.,Aurora Medical Ltd | Browne M.,University of Southampton
Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part H: Journal of Engineering in Medicine | Year: 2013

The shape of the acetabular cartilage follows the contact stress distribution across the joint. Accurate characterisation of this geometry may be useful for the development of acetabular cup devices that are more biomechanically compliant. In this study, the geometry of the acetabular cartilage was characterised by taking plaster moulds of the acetabulum from 24 dry bone human pelvises and digitising the mould shapes using a three-dimensional laser scanner. The articular bone surface geometry was analysed, and the shape of the acetabulum was approximated by fitting a best-fit sphere. To test the hypothesis that the acetabulum is non-spherical, a best-fit ellipsoid was also fitted to the geometry. In each case, points around the acetabular notch edge that disclosed the articular surface geometry were identified, and vectors were drawn between these and the best-fit sphere or ellipsoid centre. The significantly larger z radii (into the pole) of the ellipsoids indicated that the acetabulum was non-spherical and could imply that the kinematics of the hip joint is more complex than purely rotational motion, and the traditional ball-and-socket replacement may need to be updated to reflect this motion. The acetabular notch edges were observed to be curved, with males exhibiting deeper, wider and shorter notches than females, although the difference was not statistically significant (mean: p = 0.30) and supports the use of non-gender-specific models in anatomical studies. © IMechE 2013.


Esposito C.I.,Specialist Orthopaedic Group | Walter W.L.,Specialist Orthopaedic Group | Roques A.,Specialist Orthopaedic Group | Roques A.,Aurora Medical Ltd | And 6 more authors.
Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery - Series B | Year: 2012

We analysed 54 alumina ceramic-on-ceramic bearings from total hip replacements retrieved at one centre after a mean duration of 3.5 years (0.2 to 10.6) in situ. These implants were obtained from 54 patients (16 men and 38 women) with a mean age of 67 years (33 to 88) who underwent revision for a variety of reasons. Posterior edge loading was found in the majority of these retrievals (32 out of 54). Anterosuperior edge loading occurred less often but produced a higher rate of wear. Stripe wear on the femoral heads had a median volumetric wear rate of 0.2 mm3/year (0 to 7.2). The wear volume on the femoral heads corresponded to the width of edge wear on the matching liner. Anteversion of the acetabular component was found to be a more important determinant than inclination for wear in ceramic bearings. Posterior edge loading may be considered to be a normal occurrence in ceramic-on-ceramic bearings, with minimal clinical consequences. Edge loading should be defined as either anterosuperior or posterior, as each edge loading mechanism may result in different clinical implications. ©2012 British Editorial Society of Bone and Joint Surgery.


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