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Analysis of the surface topography of retrieved metal-on-polyethylene reverse shoulder prostheses

Lookup NU author(s): Israel Ramirez Martinez, Professor Tom Joyce



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by SAGE Publications Ltd, 2020.

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© IMechE 2020. Despite the encouraging short- and medium-term clinical results and increased usage of reverse shoulder replacements, a higher revision rate is documented compared with other major joint arthroplasties. Adverse reaction to polyethylene wear debris is still an important factor which may influence the long-term survival of reverse shoulder arthroplasty. To date, only a small number of retrieval studies of reverse shoulder arthroplasty have reported the different damage modes on polyethylene components, but none have quantified the ex vivo surface roughness on both articulating surfaces. The main purpose of this study was to assess, for the first time, the surface roughness of 13 retrieved metal-on-polyethylene reverse shoulder replacements using a white light profilometre with nanometre resolution. Although no significant relationship was observed between the surface roughness values and patient variables, it was noted that half of the polyethylene components still showed their original machining marks, indicating little change in vivo and that the metallic humeral components in the reversed design configuration showed low values of surface roughness after their time in vivo.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Ramirez-Martinez I, Stea S, Joyce TJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part H: Journal of Engineering in Medicine

Year: 2020

Volume: 234

Issue: 12

Pages: 1353-1362

Print publication date: 01/12/2020

Online publication date: 01/07/2020

Acceptance date: 28/05/2020

Date deposited: 11/08/2020

ISSN (print): 0954-4119

ISSN (electronic): 2041-3033

Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd


DOI: 10.1177/0954411920935757


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