Highly Cross-Linked vs Conventional Polyethylene: No Differences in Rim Notching From Micromotion on Retrieved Acetabular Liners
Journal of Arthroplasty, 05/31/2012
Paterson NR et al. – The authors retrieved a series of 14 identical liners out to an average of 2.03 years. Liners were microscopically examined and then scanned using microcomputed tomography. All liners demonstrated identical notching patterns. Microcomputed tomographic scans demonstrated no signs of crack initiation or rim failure but were able to accurately quantify the notch dimensions. The notching patterns were likely caused by liner–cup micromotion and are better characterized as creep deformation because they did not progress markedly over longer durations of implantation.