Zirconia ball heads have been implanted successfully from the late 1980s, but reports of wear and fractures have raised concerns about this ceramic biomaterial. This paper reviews the literature on clinical wear of zirconia-polyethylene bearings, zirconia head degradation and fractures, analysing the different factors that have led to clinical failure, such as material source, manufacturing process and type of polyethylene. The results underline the need for more homogeneous clinical series. Careful follow-up of patients with zirconia-polyethylene bearings is recommended.
|Translated title of the contribution||Zirconia heads in perspective: a survey of zirconia outcomes in total hip replacement|
|Pages (from-to)||119 - 130|
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 2007|