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Lee V. Padgett: Ceramic-Ceramic Bearings In Patients <60 Assures Longevity

Orthopedics This Week—December 26, 2017

In a recent Orthopaedic Crossfire debate for Orthopedics This Week, Douglas E. Padgett, MD, chief of the ARJR service at HSS argued that ceramic-on-ceramic bearings for joint replacement have an incidence of fracture, squeaking and impingement in younger patients. Other doctors have countered that ceramic-on-ceramic hip arthroplasty should be the standard for active patients due to its low failure rates. 

"The use of crosslinked polyethylene gets the advantage of a ceramic head without the concerns of a ceramic-ceramic bearing. So I’d like to conclude that plastics are the future and the future is now," said Dr. Padgett during the debate at the 33rd Annual Current Concepts in Joint Replacement (CCJR) Winter meeting in Orlando, Florida.

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