Wear performance of cobalt chromium, ceramic, and oxidized zirconium on highly crosslinked polyethylene at mid-term follow-up
Journal of Orthopaedics
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© 2018 Prof. PK Surendran Memorial Education Foundation Patients with THA using a ceramic head and using an OxZr head were each matched to patients with a CoCr head. Mean implantation time was 5 years. There was no difference in steady state wear rate between the ceramic (0.066 ± 0.050 mm/year) and CoCr match groups (0.052 ± 0.041 mm/year), or between the OxZr (0.022 ± 0.029 mm/year) and CoCr match groups (0.048 ± 0.071 mm/year). Follow-up into the second decade will be necessary before any changes in THA wear rate from using ceramic or OxZr bearings may be appreciated clinically with available imaging techniques.