Joint Replacement and Implant Solutions

Joint Replacement and Implant Solutions

The application of artificial joints such as total hip implants has greatly improved the quality of life of many people suffering from aging-related diseases such as osteoarthritis and osteoporosis.

There are more than a million hip and knee arthroplasty done each year in the world. Although mechanically robust, current orthopaedic implants do not last as long as expected. Clinical problems continue to emerge and challenge the medical and technological communities.

At the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility, clinicians and engineers are working together to improve implant performance.

Our current research focuses on the failure mechanisms of metal-on-metal hip implants. The project studies wear, corrosion, adverse tissue reactions, and weak implant-bone integration.

We are also actively developing novel surface technologies to prevent implant-associated infections and to enhance implant-bone integration.

Research team: Clive Duncan, Donald Garbuz, Nelson Greidanus, Bassam Masri and Rizhi Wang.