Ceramics for the Benefit of Patients and Healthcare Systems
The Corona pandemic has affected our lives and our work severely. Elective surgeries have been postponed, with a massive negative impact on orthopaedic care in general and also on the financial situation of many hospitals. We still do not know when we can return to something that resembles normality. Nevertheless, our professional focus as surgeons has not changed. Under any circumstances, our goal will be further to increase benefits for the patient. Arthroplasty is not only about pain relief but also about performance, long-term success (lifelong if possible), and cost efficiency. In the field of revision, 3D printing and customization offer new chances adequately to treat even the most difficult cases. Advanced bearing materials allow us to achieve long-term survival. As the number of primary and revision procedures keeps increasing continuously, we must be aware that we are riding a tiger!
In revision cases, the choice of implant is especially crucial. In my department, we have been using ceramic femoral heads exclusively for all our patients for more than 20 years.
Burden of Disease: Can the Curve Be Flattened?
The growing number of hip arthroplasty procedures requires solutions and adequate planning to reduce the future burden of disease and its economic consequences. As revision has a severe impact on the patient’s quality of life and the healthcare economy, implant solutions with proven superior outcomes should be regarded as best practice.
Excellent Outcomes with BIOLOX®delta in Revision: Don’t Forget the Sleeve
Introduced to the market over 15 years ago, BIOLOX®delta ceramic hip implants have been widely used in primary THA ever since. Recent studies support their value as a reliable solution in hip revision, too. Placing a BIOLOX®delta head on a retained stem without an adapter is a matter of risk mitigation. Stay on the safe side by using a sleeved femoral head.
Sleeved Ceramic Heads: Versatile, Essential and Proven
In hip revision, the metal taper of an otherwise intact and well-fixed stem can exhibit varying types of damage which may be attributed to assembly or disassembly damage as well as black debris indicating fretting or even corrosion. Depending on the grade of the taper damage, the use of a sleeved ceramic head can offer a possibility to retain a well-fixed stem.
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