Magnesia-stabilized zirconia (Mg-PSZ) is stable and maintains a scratch-resistant surface in hip replacement, but is untested in knees. We assessed whether using Mg-PSZ instead of cobalt-chromium (CoCr) femoral components resulted in less tibial insert wear, and evaluated changes in topography and roughness of the femoral components. Inserts bearing against CoCr or Mg-PSZ were tested using standard (9 Mc) and aggressive (6 Mc) waveforms. Femoral component surface topography and roughness were evaluated before and after testing by optical profilometry. When bearing against Mg-PSZ, UHMWPE wear rate decreased by 73% (standard) and by 59% (aggressive conditions). After 15 Mc, CoCr components featured deep scratches, and roughness increased five-fold, while Mg-PSZ components were unchanged. Mg-PSZ femoral components may be indicated for high-demand patients and those with metal sensitivity.
Keywords: ceramic; cobalt chromium; roughness; total knee arthroplasty; wear.
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