Retrieval Analysis of Total Disc Replacements: Implications for Standardized Wear Testing

    Volume 3, Issue 6 (June 2006)

    ISSN: 1546-962X

    CODEN: JAIOAD

    Published Online: 17 May 2006

    Page Count: 12


    Kurtz, S
    Principal EngineerResearch Professor, Exponent, Inc.Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

    Siskey, R
    Associate Engineer, Exponent, Inc., Philadelphia, PA

    Ciccarelli, L
    Associate Engineer, Exponent, Inc., Philadelphia, PA

    van Ooij, A
    Orthopedic Surgeon, University of Maastricht, Maastricht,

    Peloza, J
    Orthopedic Surgeon, Center for Spine Care, Dallas, TX

    Villarrage, M
    Principal EngineerResearch Associate Professor, Exponent, Inc.Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

    (Received 13 January 2006; accepted 24 March 2006)

    Abstract

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the wear and surface damage mechanisms of polyethylene in retrieved CHARITÉ total disc replacements. The retrieved implants showed evidence of adhesive/abrasive wear mechanisms in the central domed region of the implants. In addition, there was also evidence of macroscopic rim damage, including radial cracking, plastic deformation, and third body damage. The retrieved total disc replacements (TDRs) displayed surface damage observed previously in both hip and knee replacements. The information from this study will be useful for engineers seeking to adequately replicate long-term, clinically relevant damage modes of TDRs using in vitro testing methods.


    Paper ID: JAI100252

    DOI: 10.1520/JAI100252

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    Title Retrieval Analysis of Total Disc Replacements: Implications for Standardized Wear Testing
    Symposium Wear of Articulating Surfaces, 2005-11-10
    Committee F04