Wear of Highly Crosslinked Polyethylene against Cobalt Chrome and Ceramic femoral heads

  • J. Fisher
  • L. M. Jennings
  • A. L. Galvin
Part of the Ceramics in Orthopaedics book series (CIO)


There is increasing interest in the use of highly cross-linked polyethylene with large diameter heads in the hip. This study investigated the wear characteristics of size 36 mm ceramic and cobalt chrome femoral heads articulating against highly cross-linked polyethylene inserts using a physiological hip simulator. The steady state wear rate of the ceramic femoral heads articulating against highly cross-linked inserts was found to be 50% lower than that of cobalt chrome femoral heads.


Femoral Head Wear Rate Polyethylene Insert Ceramic Head Serum Protein Concentration 
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  • J. Fisher
  • L. M. Jennings
  • A. L. Galvin

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