Microchemical characterization of wear debris from uncemented total hip replacements

Arun S. Shanbhag, Jeremy L. Gilbert, Joshua J. Jacobs, Tibor T. Glant, Jorge O. Galante, Jonathan Black

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Wear particles released from prosthetic components are implicated in their subsequent loosening. This study deals with the retrieval and characterization of wear particles from tissues interfacing failed total hip replacement (THR) prostheses and bone. The recovered particles were identified and characterized using electron microscopy, microchemical spectroscopic techniques and particle size analysis. The majority of the particles retrieved from the interfacial tissues were submicron polyethylene with a mean size of 0. 53 ± 0.3 μm. Relatively few titanium particles were seen. Characterizations detailed in this study should guide studies to assess the role of particulate debris in clinical failure of joint replacements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Bioengineering
EditorsJohn M. Tarbell
PublisherPubl by ASME
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)0791810313
StatePublished - 1993
EventProceedings of the 1993 ASME Winter Annual Meeting - New Orleans, LA, USA
Duration: Nov 28 1993Dec 3 1993

Publication series

NameAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Bioengineering Division (Publication) BED


OtherProceedings of the 1993 ASME Winter Annual Meeting
CityNew Orleans, LA, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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