Kinematic evaluation of total hip arthroplasty with various bearing materials

  • D. A. Dennis
  • R. D. Komistek
  • M. R. Mahfouz
Part of the Ceramics in Orthopaedics book series (CIO)


The present study demonstrates that femoral head separation from the acetabular component can occur under weight-bearing conditions during gait and an abduction-adduction activity in subjects implanted with various designs of THA. The incidence and magnitude is greatest in those with MOP THA and least in subjects implanted with an AOA THA. Potential detrimental effects resulting from hip joint separation include premature polyethylene wear, component loosening secondary to impulse loading conditions and late hip instability. The reduced hip separation observed in AOA THA subjects is likely related to the increased wetability of this material as well as reduced diametral clearance typically seen in hard-on hard bearings which results in a cohesive fluid film lubrication regime.


Femoral Head Acetabular Component Stance Phase Swing Phase Polyethylene Wear 
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  • R. D. Komistek
  • M. R. Mahfouz

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