Balancing incompatible endoprosthetic design goals: A combined ingrowth and bone remodeling simulation

Orthopaedic Research Laboratory, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
Medical Engineering & Physics (Impact Factor: 1.83). 12/2010; 33(3):374-80. DOI: 10.1016/j.medengphy.2010.11.005
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In order to design a good cementless femoral implant many requirements need to be fulfilled. For instance, the range of micromotions at the bone-implant interface should not exceed a certain threshold and a good ratio between implant-bone stiffness that does not cause bone resorption, needs to be ensured. Stiff implants are known to evoke lower interface micromotions but at the same time they may cause extensive resorption of the surrounding bone. Composite stems with reduced stiffness give good remodeling results but implant flexibility is likely to evoke high micromotions proximally. Finding a good balance between these incompatible design goals is very challenging. The current study proposes a finite element methodology that employs subsequent ingrowth and remodeling simulations and can be of assistance when designing new implants. The results of our simulations for the Epoch stem were in a good agreement with the clinical data. The proposed implant design made of porous tantalum with an inner CoCrMo core performed slightly better with respect to the Epoch stem and considerably better with respect to a Ti alloy stem. Our combined ingrowth and remodeling simulation can be a useful tool when designing a new implant that well balances mentioned incompatible design goals.

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    • "This method has been applied to femoral implants in THR (Kerner et al 1999; Turner et al 2005), RHR (Gupta et al 2006; Pal et al 2009; Rothstock et al 2011; Dickinson et al 2012; Perez et al 2014), to acetabular cups (Ghosh et al 2013), and in other joints (van Lenthe et al 1997). Advanced approaches have combined strain adaptive bone remodelling with other associated mechanobiological processes, including cementless implant ingrowth (Tarala et al 2011) and periprosthetic defect healing (Dickinson et al 2012). "
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    • "We used the strain adaptive remodelling theory to simulate changes in bone mineral density in time (d/dt) [26]. The size of 'dead zone' and computer time unit were determined in our previous remodelling study in which we utilized the same bone model [21]. In that study the FE remodelling prediction around the EPOCH FullCoat stem was fitted to 2 year clinical DEXA data in order to define the adequate 'dead zone' and to determine the time unit in the simulation [27]. "
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    ABSTRACT: This study assessed whether the Symax™ implant, a modification of the Omnifit(®) stem (in terms of shape, proximal coating and distal surface treatment), would yield improved bone remodelling in a clinical DEXA study, and if these results could be predicted in a finite element (FE) simulation study. In a randomized clinical trial, 2 year DEXA measurements between the uncemented Symax™ and Omnifit(®) stem (both n=25) showed bone mineral density (BMD) loss in Gruen zone 7 of 14% and 20%, respectively (p<0.05). In contrast, the FE models predicted a 28% (Symax™) and 26% (Omnifit(®)) bone loss. When the distal treatment to the Symax™ was not modelled in the simulation, bone loss of 35% was predicted, suggesting the benefit of this surface treatment for proximal bone maintenance. The theoretical concept for enhanced proximal bone loading by the Symax™, and the predicted remodelling pattern were confirmed by DEXA-results, but there was no quantitative match between clinical and FE findings. This was due to a simulation based on incomplete assumptions concerning the yet unknown biological and mechanical effects of the new coating and surface treatment. Study listed under with number NCT01695213.
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    • "Micromotion can be estimated by numerical analyses or by a multitude of methods, involving in vitro measurements (Baleani et al., 2000; Buhler et al., 1997; Gortchacow et al., 2011; Gortz et al., 2002; Kassi et al., 2005; Nogler et al., 2004; Tarala et al., 2011). Experimental studies have found that excessive micromotion can compromise or inhibit the biological integration of bone at the implant surface (Engh et al., 1999; Jasty et al., 1997; McKellop et al., 1991; Pilliar et al., 1986; Soballe et al., 1992b), however the exact range of motion that will allow osseointegration is not known. "
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