Alumina-on-Polyethylene Bearing Surfaces in Total Hip Arthroplasty

Jung Yup Lee, Shin-Yoon Kim*
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyungpook National University, Daegu 700-721, Korea

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* Address correspondence to this author at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Kyungpook National University Hospital, Samduck 2 Ga 50 Jung-Gu, Daegu 700-721, Korea; Tel: 8253-420-5635; Fax: 8253-422-6605; E-mail:


The long-term durability of polyethylene lining total hip arthroplasty (THA) mainly depends on periprosthetic osteolysis due to wear particles, especially in young active patients. In hip simulator study, reports revealed significant wear reduction of the alumina ceramic-on-polyethylene articulation of THA compared with metal-on-polyethylene bearing surfaces. However, medium to long-term clinical studies of THA using the alumina ceramic-on-polyethylene are few and the reported wear rate of this articulation is variable. We reviewed the advantages and disadvantages of ceramicon- polyethylene articulation in THA, hip simulator study and retrieval study for polyethylene wear, in vivo clinical results of THA using alumina ceramic-on-polyethylene bearing surfaces in the literature, and new trial alumina ceramic-onhighly cross linked polyethylene bearing surfaces.

Keywords: Arthroplasty, polyethylene, alumina..