Highly cross-linked polyethylene (HXLPE) is the most commonly used bearing surface in total hip arthroplasty (THA) because of its superior wear properties, but long-term results in young patients are limited. We report on the clinical outcome, radiographic wear patterns and survivorship of 72 patients ≤50years old who had a 28-millimeter cobalt-chromium femoral head on HXLPE acetabular liner. Mean and median true linear wear rates at average ten-year follow-up were 0.0104 and 0.016mm per year±0.07mm. Mean and median two-dimensional volumetric wear rates were 12.79mm3 and 5.834mm3 per year±26.1mm3 as determined by Martell analysis. As a result of the minimal wear profile, there was no evidence of radiographic osteolysis and no wear-related revisions.
- Highly cross-linked polyethylene
- Linear and volumetric wear
- Martell method
- THA survivorship