[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The Rim Cutter (Stryker Orthopedics, Mahwah, New Jersey) is a tool designed to cut a ledge inside the rim of the acetabulum, onto which a precisely trimmed, cemented, flanged cup can be fitted. The aim was to investigate the effect of the Rim Cutter on the intra-acetabular cement mantle pressure and the depth of cement penetration during cup insertion. The study had two parts. In the first part, hemi-pelvis models were fitted with pressure sensors. Pressure in the acetabulum was measured on insertion of a conventional cemented flanged cup with and without the use of a Rim Cutter to prepare the rim of the acetabulum. The second part assessed cement penetration when the same cups were inserted into a foam shell model. The shell was mounted in a jig and had holes drilled in it; the distance that cement penetrated into the holes was measured. A significant increase in cement pressure at the apex (p = 0.04) and the rim (p = 0.004) is seen when the Rim Cutter is used. Cement penetration in the Rim Cutter group was significantly increased at the rim of the acetabulum (p = 0.003). Insertion of a flanged cup after the acetabulum is prepared with the Rim Cutter leads to a significant increase in cement pressure and penetration during cup insertion in vitro when compared with conventional flanged cups.
Full-text · Article · Sep 2010 · Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part H Journal of Engineering in Medicine