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The Advantages of Including Adverse Event Wear Testing in the Design of Orthopaedic Implants

For decades, total hip and knee replacement surgery has been successful in restoring the normal function of articulating joints. Whether the joint has been damaged through injury or as a result of arthritis, total joint replacements are some of the most common and successful orthopaedic surgeries in the world.

With approximately 160,000 total hip and knee replacements being performed in over 400 hospitals each year in the UK alone, and that number set to rise by 673 percent in the next 20 years, the design of implants, as well as the materials used in them, has become the focus of many large multinational companies. The resulting technological evolution and concurrent influx of innovative devices have increased the demand for both device and materials testing solutions.

In this white paper we look at why the testing of implants is so important. Traditional test methods and their limitations are detailed and adverse event testing, including impingement testing and third body wear testing is discussed.

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