Hans Pfaff

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Since 1974 Biolox ceramic femoral ball heads have been used successfully for artificial modular hip joints. The revision rate due to ball head fracture is lower than 0.02%. This is an extremely low value. In this article it is shown how the safety of a ceramic ball head can be improved using the procedures of HIPing, engraving by laser technique, and 100%(More)
  • Hans Pfaff
  • Clinical orthopaedics and related research
  • 2000
Proof testing is an overload test used for high demand materials that must have 100% of the components tested to sort out those components with possible internal flaws. The relationship of high proof loads applied short-term, low service load, and service time of proof tested components is shown. Proof testing is now technically and clinically validated.(More)
The articulating components of a total hip prosthesis are the spherical femoral head and the acetabular cup. Particularly high rates of wear are seen with cups made of polyethylene, and the abrasion particles cause osteolysis, which often makes surgical revision necessary. Despite considerable progress in the development of total hip replacement systems(More)
A new label-free quantification method based on the Minora algorithm is presented and compared to pre-existing label free quantification methods in the Thermo ScientificTM Proteome DiscovererTM software framework. The results of the new algorithm were significantly more accurate across a wide dynamic range compared to spectral counting and “Top N”(More)
Femoral ball heads of aluminium oxide or zirconium oxide ceramics are used for total hip replacement. This application is based on their attractive tribological properties. Standard and state-of-the-art are femoral ball heads made of alumina (Al2O3) articulating against acetabular cups of polyethylene (PE-UHMW) and zirconia (Y-TZP) heads articulating(More)
We studied the wear of state-of-the-art alumina/alumina total hip joints with the uniaxial five-station, and the three-axis single-station hip joint simulators of Helsinki University of Technology. The diameters of the joints were 26, 28 and 32 mm. Visual examination and weighing of the components showed no wear. Scanning electron microscopy showed that (a)(More)
Femoral ball heads made of aluminium or zirconium oxide ceramics are used for total hip replacement. This application is based on their attractive tribological properties. Standard and state-of-the-art with good wear properties are femoral ball heads made of alumina (Al2O3) articulating against polyethylene (PE-UHMW) acetabular cups (since 1974) and(More)
In the field of hip arthroplasty, there is a clearly recognizable towards the use of modular acetabular cups involving metal-backed sockets into which cup inserts made of either polyethylene or alumina ceramic (Biolox forte) can be fitted. The design aspects for this concept have already been discussed in [17]. In the present paper, we discuss the question(More)
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