Ceramics and Joint Replacement - Post Market Surveillance and Best Practice

  • J. H. Shaw
Conference paper
Part of the Ceramics in Orthopaedics book series (CIO)


Ceramic femoral heads made from aluminium oxide (alumina) or zirconium oxide (zirconia) are used as an alternative to heads manufactured from various metal alloys in total hip replacements. Alumina femoral heads can be used in conjunction with alumina or polyethylene acetabular cups; zirconia femoral heads are usually used in conjunction with polyethylene. Hip replacements using ceramic femoral heads have been reported in some studies to show better wear properties compared to metallic femoral heads, and are generally associated with satisfactory clinical performance.


Femoral Head Femoral Stem Ceramic Head Medical Device Agency Ceramic Femoral Head 
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