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Finite Element Investigation of Hybrid and Conventional Knee Implants
Habiba Bougherara, Ziauddin Mahboob, Milan Miric, Mohamad Youssef
Pages - 257 - 266     |    Revised - 05-08-2009     |    Published - 01-09-2009
Volume - 3   Issue - 3    |    Publication Date - June 2009  Table of Contents
Total knee Arthroplasty, Finite element analysis, 316L grade stainless steel implant, hybrid composite material, Bone resorption, Stress shielding
Total Knee arthroplasty (TKA) procedures relieve arthritic pain and restore joint function by replacing the contact surfaces of the knee joint. These procedures are often performed following arthritic degeneration of the joint causing the patient pain. Cobalt-chrome, stainless steel (316L grade) and titanium alloys are widely used in the majority of distal femoral implants in TKA procedures. The use of such stiff materials causes stress shielding (i.e. a lack of mechanical stresses being experienced by the bone surrounding the implant) leading to gradual bone loss and implant failure. The aim of this paper is to develop a new hybrid knee implant which combines a polymer-composite (CF/PA-12) with an existing commercial implant system (P.F.C.® Sigma™) made from stainless steel. This hybrid implant is expected to alleviate stress shielding and bone loss by transferring much more load to the femur compared to conventional metallic implants. Results of the FEA simulations showed that the CF/PA-12 lined femoral component generated almost 63% less in peak stress compared to the regular stainless steel component, indicating more load transfer to the bone and consequently alleviating bone resorption.
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Dr. Habiba Bougherara
- Canada
Mr. Ziauddin Mahboob
- Canada
Mr. Milan Miric
- Canada
Mr. Mohamad Youssef
- Canada