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Dual Mobility Systems

Dislocation after THA remains one of the major causes for revision surgery. Dual mobility implant constructs have won recognition and wide-spread acceptance as a solution for patients after dislocation, and as a primary solution for patients at risk of dislocation.

Current dual-mobility systems allow greater range of motion and a consequent reduction in the risk of impingement and dislocation, but a growing body of evidence shows that they are associated with metal-related complications.

Addressing Metal Issues

Metal-Related Issues with Current Dual Mobility Systems

  • There is a risk of fretting and corrosion at the interface between the metal femoral head and neck.
  • The junction between the modular CoCr liner and the titanium shell (acetabular cup) is effectively a taper connection where a significant amount of fretting corrosion may occur​.
  • A growing body of evidence points to the risk that CoCr particles may be released and potentially affect patient wellbeing. Recent scientific literature provides evidence of fretting and corrosion at the modular junction, distribution of metal wear particles in the surrounding tissue and elevated metal serum values post-operatively. 

BIOLOX®delta in Dual Mobility Systems​

There are three ways to integrate BIOLOX®delta ceramics into dual mobility systems. CeramTec offers an extended size range of BIOLOX®delta femoral heads for dual mobility systems. Our thin-walled ceramic liners are specifically made for modular dual mobility cups. For monobloc dual mobility systems, a direct-to-bone ceramic acetabular cup is part of the innovative future for dual mobility solutions.

1. BIOLOX®delta Femoral Heads for Modular Dual Mobility Systems

CeramTec offers a range of small diameter modular heads: 22.2mm, 26mm, 28mm, all with three neck lenghts, S, M and L. This portfolio of femoral heads in incremental sizes allows the largest possible internal femoral head size for each specific cup size.​

Three pink BIOLOX®delta ceramic femoral heads of different sizes on a black background:  28mm, 26mm, 22,25mm

2. Thin-walled Ceramic Liners for Modular Dual Mobility Cups

There are almost two decades worth of extensive clinical experience with BIOLOX®delta-on-BIOLOX®delta bearing couples. ​By replacing the modular CoCr liner with a ceramic liner, the risk of fretting and corrosion and backside wear at the taper junction can be reduced. BIOLOX®delta ceramic allows a design with​ thin-walled ceramic liner specifically for use in modular dual mobility systems. ​

3. Direct-to-Bone Ceramic Acetabular Cups for Monoblock Dual Mobility Systems

What's next? Together, let's explore the possibility of a monoblock BIOLOX®delta dual mobility cup.

Two pink ceramic liners on a black background showcase the future potential for the use of BIOLOX delta ceramic in hip replacement

Features of BIOLOX®delta Ceramics

  • Mitigates the risk of fretting corrosion1,2
  • Safe in terms of metal ion release​3,4
  • Low immunological response​5,6
  • High wear resistance​7,8
  • Reduced bacterial adhesion9,10
Supporting Documents
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BIOLOX®delta Quick Reference Guide
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2. Kurtz SM, Kocagöz SB, Hanzlik JA, et al. Do ceramic femoral heads reduce taper fretting corrosion in hip arthroplasty? A retrieval study. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2013;471(10):3270-3282. doi:10.1007/s11999-013-3096-2.

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7. Grupp TM, Holderied M, Mulliez MA, et al. Biotribology of a vitamin E-stabilized polyethylene for hip arthroplasty – Influence of artificial ageing and third-body particles on wear. Acta Biomater. 2014;10(7):3068–3078. doi:10.1016/j.actbio.2014.02.052.

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9. Scarano A, Piattelli M, Caputi S, Favero GA, Piattelli A. Bacterial adhesion on commercially pure titanium and zirconium oxide disks: an in vivo human study. J Periodontol. 2004;75(2):292-296. doi:10.1902/jop.2004.75.2.292.

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