Charnley-Kerboull Total Hip Arthroplasty Combining Zirconia on Polyethylene A Minimum 2-Year Follow-Up Prospective Study

  • M. Hamadouche
  • F. Madi
  • L. Kerboull
  • J. -P. Courpied
  • M. Kerboull
Conference paper
Part of the Ceramics in Orthopaedics book series (CIO)


Polyethylene wear and polyethylene particles induced periprosthetic osteolysis remains currently the major limitation to the long-term performance of total hip arthroplasty. To reduce polyethylene wear, P. Boutin introduced alumina ceramic femoral heads in the early 1970’s. However, the relative brittle nature of alumina was responsible for a high rate of fracture. Improvement in the manufacturing process with a low grain size and grain distribution dramatically decreased the risk of crack propagation and rate of fracture. Despite these improvements, the use of 22.2-mm diameter alumina ceramic femoral head is not recommended in Europe.


Femoral Head Radiolucent Line Polyethylene Wear Proc Inst Zirconia Particle 
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  • M. Hamadouche
  • F. Madi
  • L. Kerboull
  • J. -P. Courpied
  • M. Kerboull

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