Special Issue "Novel Research about Biomechanics and Biomaterials Used in Hip, Knee and Related Joints"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2020.

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Prof. Dr. J. Philippe Kretzer
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Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg, Clinic for Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery, Heidelberg, Germany
Interests: tribology of joint replacement; biomechanics
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Prof. Dr. Catherine Van Der Straeten
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Head of the Health Innovation and Research Institute Ghent University Hospital

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Joint replacement is a very successful medical treatment. However, the survivorship of hip, knee, shoulder, and other implants is limited. The degradation of materials, but also the immune response against degradation products or an altered tissue loading condition as well as infections remain key factors of their failure.

Current research in biomechanics and biomaterials is trying to overcome the existing limitations. This includes new implant designs and materials, bearings concepts and tribology, kinematical concepts, surgical techniques, and anti-inflammatory and infection prevention strategies. A careful evaluation of new materials and concepts is required in order to fully assess strengths and weaknesses and improve the quality and outcomes of joint replacements. Therefore, extensive research and clinical trials are essential.

This Special Issue gives an overview of the ongoing research in that field. Contributions are solicited from researchers working in the fields of biomechanics, biomaterials, and bio- and tissue-engineering.

Prof. Dr. J. Philippe Kretzer
Prof. Dr. Catherine Van Der Straeten
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Keywords

  • Arthroplasty
  • Joint replacement
  • Hip
  • Knee
  • Shoulder
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomechanics'Friction
  • Wear
  • Immune response
  • Finite element model
  • Corrosion
  • Particle debris

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Optimizing Manufacturing and Osseointegration of Ti6Al4V Implants through Precision Casting and Calcium and Phosphorus Ion Implantation? In Vivo Results of a Large-Scale Animal Trial
Materials 2020, 13(7), 1670; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13071670 - 03 Apr 2020
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Background: Uncemented implants are still associated with several major challenges, especially with regard to their manufacturing and their osseointegration. In this study, a novel manufacturing technique—an optimized form of precision casting—and a novel surface modification to promote osseointegration—calcium and phosphorus ion implantation into [...] Read more.
Background: Uncemented implants are still associated with several major challenges, especially with regard to their manufacturing and their osseointegration. In this study, a novel manufacturing technique—an optimized form of precision casting—and a novel surface modification to promote osseointegration—calcium and phosphorus ion implantation into the implant surface—were tested in vivo. Methods: Cylindrical Ti6Al4V implants were inserted bilaterally into the tibia of 110 rats. We compared two generations of cast Ti6Al4V implants (CAST 1st GEN, n = 22, and CAST 2nd GEN, n = 22) as well as cast 2nd GEN Ti6Al4V implants with calcium (CAST + CA, n = 22) and phosphorus (CAST + P, n = 22) ion implantation to standard machined Ti6Al4V implants (control, n = 22). After 4 and 12 weeks, maximal pull-out force and bone-to-implant contact rate (BIC) were measured and compared between all five groups. Results: There was no significant difference between all five groups after 4 weeks or 12 weeks with regard to pull-out force (p > 0.05, Kruskal Wallis test). Histomorphometric analysis showed no significant difference of BIC after 4 weeks (p > 0.05, Kruskal–Wallis test), whereas there was a trend towards a higher BIC in the CAST + P group (54.8% ± 15.2%), especially compared to the control group (38.6% ± 12.8%) after 12 weeks (p = 0.053, Kruskal–Wallis test). Conclusion: In this study, we found no indication of inferiority of Ti6Al4V implants cast with the optimized centrifugal precision casting technique of the second generation compared to standard Ti6Al4V implants. As the employed manufacturing process holds considerable economic potential, mainly due to a significantly decreased material demand per implant by casting near net-shape instead of milling away most of the starting ingot, its application in manufacturing uncemented implants seems promising. However, no significant advantages of calcium or phosphorus ion implantation could be observed in this study. Due to the promising results of ion implantation in previous in vitro and in vivo studies, further in vivo studies with different ion implantation conditions should be considered. Full article
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Model-Based Roentgen Stereophotogrammetric Analysis to Monitor the Head–Taper Junction in Total Hip Arthroplasty in Vivo—And They Do Move
Materials 2020, 13(7), 1543; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13071543 - 27 Mar 2020
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Model-based Roentgen stereophotogrammetric analysis (RSA) using elementary geometrical shape (EGS) models allows migration measurement of implants without the necessity of additional attached implant markers. The aims of this study were: (i) to assess the possibility of measuring potential head–taper movement in [...] Read more.
Model-based Roentgen stereophotogrammetric analysis (RSA) using elementary geometrical shape (EGS) models allows migration measurement of implants without the necessity of additional attached implant markers. The aims of this study were: (i) to assess the possibility of measuring potential head–taper movement in THA in vivo using model-based RSA and (ii) to prove the validity of measured head–taper migration data in vitro and in vivo. From a previous RSA study with a 10 years follow-up, retrospectively for n = 45 patients head–taper migration was calculated as the relative migration between femoral ball head and taper of the femoral stem using model-based RSA. A head–taper migration of 0.026 mm/year can be detected with available RSA technology. In vitro validation showed a total migration of 268 ± 11 µm along the taper axis in a similar range to what has been reported using the RSA method. In vivo, a proof for interchangeable applicability of model-based RSA (EGS) and standard marker-based RSA methods was indicated by a significant deviation within the migration result after 12-month follow-up for all translation measurements, which was significantly correlated to the measured head–taper migration (r from 0.40 to 0.67; p < 0.05). The results identified that model-based RSA (EGS) could be used to detect head–taper migration in vivo and the measured movement could be validated in vitro and in vivo as well. Those findings supported the possibility of applying RSA for helping evaluate the head–taper corrosion related failure (trunnionosis). Full article
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Retrieval Analysis of Modern Knee Tumor Megaendoprosthesis Shows Considerable Volumetric Metal Wear Generated at the Rotating Hinge
Materials 2020, 13(7), 1519; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13071519 - 26 Mar 2020
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Frequently occurring damage, as well as elevated blood metal ion levels, are reported in relation to a tumor and revision system for total knee arthroplasty (TKA), which applies a rotating hinge coupling with a metal-on-metal (MoM) articulation. As the patient collective for this [...] Read more.
Frequently occurring damage, as well as elevated blood metal ion levels, are reported in relation to a tumor and revision system for total knee arthroplasty (TKA), which applies a rotating hinge coupling with a metal-on-metal (MoM) articulation. As the patient collective for this specific system is small, there is no data on wear generated from the couplings. In this study, wear volume and influencing parameters were investigated at 44 retrieved TKAs with MoM couplings. A scoring system rating frequently occurring abrasive wear between 0 (no wear) and 3 (distinct wear) was established. The wear score was correlated to time in vivo, bone resection length, patient weight and polyethylene inlay damage. Volumetric wear was estimated applying coordinate measurements. An elevated wear score of two or higher was found in 43% of cases. The mean wear rate accounted to 7.8 mm3/year. The main influencing coefficient for the extent of wear is time in vivo. We found a tendency for higher wear scores with higher inlay degradation scores. Patient weight and bone resection length did not impact coupling wear. Assessment of wear damage by a semi-quantitative scoring system has proven to be a reliable option for non-destructive coupling evaluation. The generated wear volume is high. Full article
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Antimicrobial Silver Multilayer Coating for Prevention of Bacterial Colonization of Orthopedic Implants
Materials 2020, 13(6), 1415; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13061415 - 20 Mar 2020
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Due to increasing rates of periprosthetic joint infections (PJI), new approaches are needed to minimize the infection risk. The first goal of this study was to modify a well-established infection model to test surface-active antimicrobial systems. The second goal was to evaluate the [...] Read more.
Due to increasing rates of periprosthetic joint infections (PJI), new approaches are needed to minimize the infection risk. The first goal of this study was to modify a well-established infection model to test surface-active antimicrobial systems. The second goal was to evaluate the antimicrobial activity of a silver multilayer (SML) coating. In vitro tests with SML items showed a >4 Log reduction in a proliferation assay and a 2.2 Log reduction in an agar immersion test (7 d). In the in vivo model blank and SML coated K-wires were seeded with ~2 × 104 CFU of a methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus epidermidis (MSSE) and inserted into the intramedullary tibial canal of rabbits. After 7 days, the animals were sacrificed and a clinical, microbiological and histological analysis was performed. Microbiology showed a 1.6 Log pathogen reduction on the surface of SML items (p = 0.022) and in loosely attached tissue (p = 0.012). In the SML group 7 of 12 SML items were completely free of pathogens (cure rate = 58%, p = 0.002), while only 1 of 12 blank items were free of pathogens (cure rate = 8%, p = 0.110). No silver was detected in the blood or urine of the SML treated animals and only scarcely in the liver or adjacent lymph nodes. In summary, an in vivo infection model to test implants with bacterial pre-incubation was established and the antimicrobial activity of the SML coating was successfully proven. Full article
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Comparison of Different Locking Mechanisms in Total Hip Arthroplasty: Relative Motion between Cup and Inlay
Materials 2020, 13(6), 1392; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13061392 - 19 Mar 2020
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The resulting inflammatory reaction to polyethylene (PE) wear debris, which may result in osteolysis, is still considered to be a main reason for aseptic loosening. In addition to the primary wear in hip joint replacements caused by head-insert articulation, relative motions between the [...] Read more.
The resulting inflammatory reaction to polyethylene (PE) wear debris, which may result in osteolysis, is still considered to be a main reason for aseptic loosening. In addition to the primary wear in hip joint replacements caused by head-insert articulation, relative motions between the PE liner and the metal cup may cause additional wear. In order to limit this motion, various locking mechanisms were used. We investigated three different locking mechanisms (Aesculap, DePuy, and Zimmer Biomet) to address the resulting relative motion between the acetabular cup and PE liner and the maximum disassembly force. A standardized setting with increasing load levels was used in combination with optically based three-dimensional measurements. In addition the maximum disassembly forces were evaluated according to the ASTM F1820-13 standard. Our data showed significant differences between the groups, with a maximum relative motion at the maximum load level (3.5 kN) of 86.5 ± 32.7 µm. The maximum axial disassembly force was 473.8 ± 94.6 N. The in vitro study showed that various locking mechanisms may influence cup-inlay stability. Full article
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Influence of the Acetabular Cup Material on the Shell Deformation and Strain Distribution in the Adjacent Bone—A Finite Element Analysis
Materials 2020, 13(6), 1372; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13061372 - 18 Mar 2020
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In total hip arthroplasty, excessive acetabular cup deformations and altered strain distribution in the adjacent bone are potential risk factors for implant loosening. Materials with reduced stiffness might alter the strain distribution less, whereas shell and liner deformations might increase. The purpose of [...] Read more.
In total hip arthroplasty, excessive acetabular cup deformations and altered strain distribution in the adjacent bone are potential risk factors for implant loosening. Materials with reduced stiffness might alter the strain distribution less, whereas shell and liner deformations might increase. The purpose of our current computational study was to evaluate whether carbon fiber-reinforced poly-ether-ether-ketones with a Young´s modulus of 15 GPa (CFR-PEEK-15) and 23 GPa (CFR-PEEK-23) might be an alternative shell material compared to titanium in terms of shell and liner deformation, as well as strain distribution in the adjacent bone. Using a finite element analysis, the press-fit implantation of modular acetabular cups with shells made of titanium, CFR-PEEK-15 and CFR-PEEK-23 in a human hemi-pelvis model was simulated. Liners made of ceramic and polyethylene were simulated. Radial shell and liner deformations as well as strain distributions were analyzed. The shells made of CFR-PEEK-15 were deformed most (266.7 µm), followed by CFR-PEEK-23 (136.5 µm) and titanium (54.0 µm). Subsequently, the ceramic liners were radially deformed by up to 4.4 µm and the polyethylene liners up to 184.7 µm. The shell materials slightly influenced the strain distribution in the adjacent bone with CFR-PEEK, resulting in less strain in critical regions (<400 µm/m or >3000 µm/m) and more strain in bone building or sustaining regions (400 to 3000 µm/m), while the liner material only had a minor impact. The superior biomechanical properties of the acetabular shells made of CFR-PEEK could not be determined in our present study. Full article
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Third Body Wear of UHMWPE-on-PEEK-OPTIMA™
Materials 2020, 13(6), 1264; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13061264 - 11 Mar 2020
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PEEK-OPTIMA™ is being considered as an alternative to cobalt chrome (CoCr) in the femoral component of total knee replacements. To date, investigations of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE)-on-PEEK have shown an equivalent wear rate to conventional implant materials under standard conditions. In this [...] Read more.
PEEK-OPTIMA™ is being considered as an alternative to cobalt chrome (CoCr) in the femoral component of total knee replacements. To date, investigations of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE)-on-PEEK have shown an equivalent wear rate to conventional implant materials under standard conditions. In this study, the third body wear performance of UHMWPE-on-PEEK was directly compared to UHMWPE-on-CoCr in a series of pin-on-plate studies using two approaches for third body damage. Damage simulation with particles of bone cement showed a significant (p < 0.001), four-fold increase in the mean surface roughness of PEEK plates compared to CoCr. However, wear simulation against the damaged plates showed no significant difference in the wear of UHMWPE pins against the different materials (p = 0.59), and a polishing effect by the pin against the PEEK plates was observed. Scratching PEEK and CoCr counterfaces with a diamond stylus to create scratches representative of severe third body damage (4 µm lip height) resulted in a significantly higher (p = 0.01) wear of UHMWPE against CoCr compared to PEEK and again, against PEEK plates, polishing by the UHMWPE pin led to a reduction in scratch lip height. This study shows that in terms of its wear performance under third body wear/damage conditions, UHMWPE-on-PEEK differs from conventional knee replacement materials. Full article
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How to Proceed with Asymptomatic Modular Dual Taper Hip Stems in the Case of Acetabular Revision
Materials 2020, 13(5), 1098; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13051098 - 02 Mar 2020
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How to proceed with a clinically asymptomatic modular Metha® Ti alloy stem with dual taper CoCr neck adapter in case of acetabular revision? To systematically answer this question the status of research and appropriate diagnostic methods in context to clinically symptomatic and asymptomatic [...] Read more.
How to proceed with a clinically asymptomatic modular Metha® Ti alloy stem with dual taper CoCr neck adapter in case of acetabular revision? To systematically answer this question the status of research and appropriate diagnostic methods in context to clinically symptomatic and asymptomatic dual taper stem-neck couplings has been evaluated based on a systematic literature review. A retrieval analysis of thirteen Metha® modular dual taper CoCr/Ti alloy hip stems has been performed and a rational decision making model as basis for a clinical recommendation was developed. From our observations we propose that in cases of acetabular revision, that for patients with a serum cobalt level of > 4 µg/L and a Co/Cr ratio > 3.6, the revision of the modular dual taper stem may be considered. Prior to acetabular revision surgery a systematic diagnostic evaluation should be executed, using specific tests such as serum metal (Co, Cr) ion analysis, plain antero-posterior and lateral radiographs and cross-sectional imaging modalities (Metal Artefact Reduction Sequence Magnetic Resonance Imaging). For an asymptomatic Metha® dual taper Ti alloy/CoCr stem-neck coupling at the stage of acetabular revision careful clinical decision making according to the proposed model should be followed and overreliance on any single examination should be avoided, considering the complete individual differential diagnosis and patient situation. Full article
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Biological Reactions to Metal Particles and Ions in the Synovial Layer of Mice
Materials 2020, 13(5), 1044; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13051044 - 26 Feb 2020
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Metal particles and ions released from implants not only have a fundamental effect on the longevity of total joint replacements, but can also be disseminated to remote organs. Periprosthetic tissues harvested during revision surgeries mainly reflect end-stage failure but may not adequately reveal [...] Read more.
Metal particles and ions released from implants not only have a fundamental effect on the longevity of total joint replacements, but can also be disseminated to remote organs. Periprosthetic tissues harvested during revision surgeries mainly reflect end-stage failure but may not adequately reveal initial biological reactions and systemic side effects. Therefore, primary reactions caused by metal particles and ions were investigated in an established murine model. Left knee joints in three groups, each consisting of ten female BALB/c mice, received injections of metal ions (MI), metal particles (MP) and phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) (control). Seven days after the injection, immunohistochemical analyses of the synovial layer were performed with respect to some biological markers including Tumor necrosis factor -α (TNF-α), Interleukin-6 (IL-6), Interleukin-1β (IL-1β), Cluster of Differentiation 45 (CD45), Cluster of Differentiation 68 (CD68) and Cluster of Differentiation 3(CD3). The MP group showed significantly enhanced proinflammatory cytokine expression (TNF-α, IL-6 and IL-1β) compared with the other groups (p < 0.05). Interestingly, CD3, as a marker for T lymphocytes, did not increase in any of the groups. The MI group showed a significantly increased expression of CD45 compared with the control group (p < 0.05). Therefore, during the primary process, metal particles have stronger pro-inflammatory potential than metal ions, and T lymphocytes did not seem to be activated in our murine model. Systemic reactions caused by metal particles and ions were found by observing the untreated right knees. Full article
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Long-Term Results of a Second-Generation, Small-Diameter, Metal-On-Metal Bearing in Primary Total Hip Arthroplasty at 14-Year Follow-Up
Materials 2020, 13(3), 557; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13030557 - 24 Jan 2020
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(1) Background: The objective of the present study was to review the clinical and radiological results of a small-head, MoM bearing in primary THA and to determine blood metal ion levels at long-term follow-up. (2) Methods: We retrospectively evaluated the clinical and radiological [...] Read more.
(1) Background: The objective of the present study was to review the clinical and radiological results of a small-head, MoM bearing in primary THA and to determine blood metal ion levels at long-term follow-up. (2) Methods: We retrospectively evaluated the clinical and radiological results of 284 small-diameter, MoM 28-mm Metasul THA at a mean follow-up of 14.5 years, and measured blood metal ion concentrations in 174 of these patients. (3) Results: After 14 years, survival free for revision due to any reason was 94%. Proximal femoral osteolysis was seen in 23% of hips, and MRI demonstrated ARMD in 27 of the 66 investigated hips (41%). Mean cobalt, chromium, and titanium ion concentrations were 0.82 µg/L (range 0.22–4.45), 1.51 µg/L (0.04–22.69), and 2.68 µg/L (0.26–19.56) in patients with unilateral THA, and 2.59 µg/L (0.43–24.75), 2.50 µg/L (0.26–16.75), and 3.76 µg/L (0.67–19.77), respectively in patients with bilateral THA. Twenty-nine percent of patients showed cobalt or chromium ion levels > 2 µg/L. (4) Conclusions: Despite good clinical long-term results, increased blood metal ion levels (cobalt or chromium > 2 µg/L) were found in approximately one-third of asymptomatic patients, and proximal femoral osteolysis and ARMD were frequently seen in this cohort. Blood metal ion analysis appears helpful in the long-term follow-up of these patients in order to identify individuals at risk. In accordance with contemporary consensus statements, symptomatic patients with elevated metal ion levels and/or progressive osteolysis should be considered for additional CT or MARS MRI to determine the extent of soft tissue affection prior to revision surgery. Further studies are necessary to investigate the clinical relevance of ARMD in asymptomatic patients with small-head, MoM THA. Full article
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Titanium Acetabular Component Deformation under Cyclic Loading
Materials 2020, 13(1), 52; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13010052 - 20 Dec 2019
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Acetabular cup deformation may affect liner/cup congruency, clearance and/or osseointegration. It is unclear, whether deformation of the acetabular components occurs during load and to what extent. To evaluate this, revision multi-hole cups were implanted into six cadaver hemipelvises in two scenarios: without acetabular [...] Read more.
Acetabular cup deformation may affect liner/cup congruency, clearance and/or osseointegration. It is unclear, whether deformation of the acetabular components occurs during load and to what extent. To evaluate this, revision multi-hole cups were implanted into six cadaver hemipelvises in two scenarios: without acetabular defect (ND); with a large acetabular defect (LD) that was treated with an augment. In the LD scenario, the cup and augment were attached to the bone and each other with screws. Subsequently, the implanted hemipelvises were loaded under a physiologic partial-weight-bearing modality. The deformation of the acetabular components was determined using a best-fit algorithm. The statistical evaluation involved repeated-measures ANOVA. The mean elastic distension of the ND cup was 292.9 µm (SD 12.2 µm); in the LD scenario, 43.7 µm (SD 11.2 µm); the mean maximal augment distension was 79.6 µm (SD 21.6 µm). A significant difference between the maximal distension of the cups in both scenarios was noted (F(1, 10) = 11.404; p = 0.007). No significant difference was noted between the compression of the ND and LD cups, nor between LD cups and LD augments. The LD cup displayed significantly lower elastic distension than the ND cup, most likely due to increased stiffness from the affixed augment and screw fixation. Full article
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Calcium Phosphate Bone Graft Substitutes with High Mechanical Load Capacity and High Degree of Interconnecting Porosity
Materials 2019, 12(21), 3471; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma12213471 - 23 Oct 2019
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Bone graft substitutes in orthopedic applications have to fulfill various demanding requirements. Most calcium phosphate (CaP) bone graft substitutes are highly porous to achieve bone regeneration, but typically lack mechanical stability. This study presents a novel approach, in which a scaffold structure with [...] Read more.
Bone graft substitutes in orthopedic applications have to fulfill various demanding requirements. Most calcium phosphate (CaP) bone graft substitutes are highly porous to achieve bone regeneration, but typically lack mechanical stability. This study presents a novel approach, in which a scaffold structure with appropriate properties for bone regeneration emerges from the space between specifically shaped granules. The granule types were tetrapods (TEPO) and pyramids (PYRA), which were compared to porous CaP granules (CALC) and morselized bone chips (BC). Bulk materials of the granules were mechanically loaded with a peak pressure of 4 MP; i.e., comparable to the load occurring behind an acetabular cup. Mechanical loading reduced the volume of CALC and BC considerably (89% and 85%, respectively), indicating a collapse of the macroporous structure. Volumes of TEPO and PYRA remained almost constant (94% and 98%, respectively). After loading, the porosity was highest for BC (46%), lowest for CALC (25%) and comparable for TEPO and PYRA (37%). The pore spaces of TEPO and PYRA were highly interconnected in a way that a virtual object with a diameter of 150 µm could access 34% of the TEPO volume and 36% of the PYRA volume. This study shows that a bulk of dense CaP granules in form of tetrapods and pyramids can create a scaffold structure with load capacities suitable for the regeneration of an acetabular bone defect. Full article
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Biomechanical Study of a Novel, Expandable, Non-Metallic and Radiolucent CF/PEEK Vertebral Body Replacement (VBR)
Materials 2019, 12(17), 2732; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma12172732 - 26 Aug 2019
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Vertebral body replacement is well-established to stabilize vertebral injuries due to trauma or cancer. Spinal implants are mainly manufactured by metallic alloys; which leads to artifacts in radiological diagnostics; as well as in radiotherapy. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the [...] Read more.
Vertebral body replacement is well-established to stabilize vertebral injuries due to trauma or cancer. Spinal implants are mainly manufactured by metallic alloys; which leads to artifacts in radiological diagnostics; as well as in radiotherapy. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the biomechanical data of a novel carbon fiber reinforced polyetheretherketone (CF/PEEK) vertebral body replacement (VBR). Six thoracolumbar specimens were tested in a six degrees of freedom spine tester. In all tested specimens CF/PEEK pedicle screws were used. Two different rods (CF/PEEK versus titanium) with/without cross connectors and two different VBRs (CF/PEEK prototype versus titanium) were tested. In lateral bending and flexion/extension; range of motion (ROM) was significantly reduced in all instrumented states. In axial rotation; the CF/PEEK combination (rods and VBR) resulted in the highest ROM; whereas titanium rods with titanium VBR resulted in the lowest ROM. Two cross connectors reduced ROM in axial rotation for all instrumentations independently of VBR or rod material. All instrumented states in all planes of motion showed a significantly reduced ROM. No significant differences were detected between the VBR materials in all planes of motion. Less rigid CF/PEEK rods in combination with the CF/PEEK VBR without cross connectors showed the smallest reduction in ROM. Independently of VBR and rod material; two cross connectors significantly reduced ROM in axial rotation. Compared to titanium rods; the use of CF/PEEK rods results in higher ROM. The stiffness of rod material has more influence on the ROM than the stiffness of VBR material. Full article
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Impact of Electrocautery on Fatigue Life of Spinal Fusion Constructs—An In Vitro Biomechanical Study
Materials 2019, 12(15), 2471; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma12152471 - 03 Aug 2019
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Instrumentation failure in the context of spine surgery is attributed to cyclic loading leading to formation of fatigue cracks, which later propagate and result in rod fracture. A biomechanical analysis of the potential impact of electrocautery on the fatigue life of spinal implants [...] Read more.
Instrumentation failure in the context of spine surgery is attributed to cyclic loading leading to formation of fatigue cracks, which later propagate and result in rod fracture. A biomechanical analysis of the potential impact of electrocautery on the fatigue life of spinal implants has not been previously performed. The aim of this study was to assess the fatigue life of titanium (Ti) and cobalt-chrome (CoCr) rod-screw constructs after being treated with electrocautery. Twelve spinal constructs with CoCr and Ti rods were examined. Specimens were divided into four groups by rod material (Ti and CoCr) and application of monopolar electrocautery on the rods’ surface (control-group and electrocautery-group). Electrocautery was applied on each rod at three locations, then constructs were cyclically tested. Outcome measures were load-to-failure, total number of cycles-to-failure, and location of rod failure. Ti-rods treated with electrocautery demonstrated a significantly decreased fatigue life compared to non-treated Ti-rods. Intergroup comparison of cycles-to-failure revealed a significant mean decrease of almost 9 × 105 cycles (p = 0.03). No CoCr-rods failed in this experiment. Electrocautery application on the surface of Ti-rods significantly reduces their fatigue life. Surgeons should exercise caution when using electrocautery in the vicinity of Ti-rods to mitigate the risk of rod failure. Full article
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Planned Paper 1: Calcium phosphate bone graft substitutes with high mechanical load capacity and high degree of interconnecting porosity , from Prof. Thomas M. Grupp's research group

Planned Paper 2: How to proceed with an asymptomatic dual taper modular hip stem in case of acetabular revision , from Prof. Thomas M. Grupp's research group

 

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