Linear and volumetric wear of tibial inserts in posterior cruciate-retaining knee arthroplasties

James Benjamin, John Szivek, Gabriel Dersam, Sara Persselin, Randy Johnson

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Linear and volumetric wear was measured in 33 tibial polyethylene inserts from three different cruciate-retaining knee systems retrieved at the time of revision surgery. Wear patterns also were evaluated and classified. Eccentric and asymmetric wear patterns were seen in 78% of inserts with flat articulating geometry versus 12% in inserts with curved anteroposterior geometry. The mean linear wear rate was .35 mm/year (range, .05-1.68 mm/year) and the mean volumetric wear rate was 794 mm3/year (range, 24-4088 mm3/year). Linear and volumetric wear rates showed a negative correlation with the length of implantation. Linear wear rates also showed a negative correlation with patient weight.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)131-138
Number of pages8
JournalClinical orthopaedics and related research
Issue number392
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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