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Tibial Plateau Abrasion in Mobile Bearing Knee Systems During Walking Gait II: A Finite Element Study

The abrasion observed in ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) total knee arthroplasty component retrievals is the result of high cyclical loads, which act on the tibial plateau during daily ambulation. This dynamic process influences in vivo component longevity and is dependent on the magnitude and distribution of contact stresses on the tibial plateau. Mobile bearing knee systems offer increased component conformity over their fixed plateau counterparts and thus diminish the magnitudes of these contact stresses. This study reveals the contact areas and stresses that are associated with tibial plateau abrasion in four mobile bearing knee designs during three highly loaded points in the walking gait cycle, and suggests their efficacy in clinical use.

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Classification of Mobile Bearing Knee Design: Mobility and Constraint

Restoration of normal knee joint function through surgical reconstruction is dependent upon load sharing between the implant and surrounding soft tissue structures. Mobile bearing knee designs offer the advantage of maximum conformal geometry while diminishing constraint forces to fixation interfaces through plateau mobility. The degree of mobility afforded by these designs in the anterior-posterior, medial-lateral and rotational directions defines the required interaction between soft tissue and design geometry to maintain a stable articulation. This study characterizes nine, contemporary mobile bearing knee designs in terms of the force generated during a prescribed displacement.

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Tibial Plateau Abrasion in Mobile Bearing Knee Systems During Walking Gait: A Finite Element Study

The abrasion observed in ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) total knee arthroplasty component retrievals is the result of high cyclical loads, which act on the tibial plateau during daily ambulation. This dynamic process influences in vivo component longevity and is dependent on the magnitude and distribution of contact stresses on the tibial plateau. Mobile bearing knee systems offer increased component conformity over their fixed plateau counterparts and thus diminish the magnitudes of these contact stresses. This study reveals the contact areas and stresses that are associated with tibial insert abrasion in four mobile bearing knee designs during three highly loaded points in the walking gait cycle, and suggests their efficacy in clinical use.

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