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Fixation of Hip Prostheses by Hydroxyapatite Ceramic Coatings

RJ Furlong, JF Osborn

Category: Furlong Clinical Results

From London and University of Bonn

We report the histological findings in post-mortem specimens obtained ten days, 17 days and seven weeks after implantation of hydroxyapatite-coated femoral components of hip arthroplasties.

There was early deposition of woven bone on the hydroxyapatite ceramic, identical to that deposited on surviving cancellous trabeculae. The space between these deposits became bridged from both sides by new trabeculae, and there was no evidence of an inflammatory reaction or of fibrous tissue formation.

The use of an hydroxyapatite coating seems to allow early, sound, secondary fixation of implants.