Karl A Zweymüller

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Aseptic loosening of articular implants is frequently associated with tissue reactions to wear particles. Some patients, who had received metal-on-metal articulations, present early symptoms including persistent pain and implant failure. These symptoms raise the suspicion about the development of an immunological response. Furthermore, the generation of(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine metal concentrations in blood and urine of patients who received cobalt-chromium-alloy metal on metal hip implants. METHODS Cobalt and chromium were determined in blood and urine of 76 patients and 26 controls by electrothermal atomic absorption spectroscopy. RESULTS A significant postoperative elevation of the metal(More)
BACKGROUND The progress of radiolucent lines (RLs) around the stems of cementless hip endoprostheses and their implications for implant survival are unclear. PATIENTS AND METHODS 150 consecutive total hip replacements (THRs) were performed between January and July 1993. The presence and development of RLs and osteolyses were monitored with a standardized(More)
The postoperative position of the acetabular component is key for the outcome of total hip arthroplasty. Various aids have been developed to support the surgeon during implant placement. In a prospective study involving 4 centers, the computer-recorded cup alignment of 37 hip systems at the end of navigation-assisted surgery was compared with the cup angles(More)
Four cementless prosthetic hip implants of Ti-6Al-4V-alloy with and without longitudinal grooves and Al2O2 ceramic ball heads, with implant periods of 3, 4, 5, and 10 months, were sectioned and examined histologically in undecalcified thin ground sections. Especially on the medial and lateral sides of the prostheses, there was direct bone-to-metal contact(More)
In the literature there is no consensus on the value of threaded cementless cups. We primarily asked whether the newly constructed threaded double-cone cup without additional screw fixation would provide high survival at intermediate followup. We retrospectively reviewed 365 patients (376 hips) who underwent primary total hip arthroplasty using this cup(More)
The rectangular cross section of a straight-stem prosthesis makes a primary stable, rotation-safe fixation possible that is independent of the individual form of the femur. Due to the curvature of the femur, a three-dimensional large-area anchorage is achieved along the entire prosthesis length in the corticalis as well as in the spongiosa. The(More)
In patients with malignant tumors in the region of the shoulder, radical resection can avoid amputation in most instances. To improve the function of the arm, endoprosthetic replacement of the defect is desirable. A three-component endoprosthesis made of a bioceramic material (aluminium oxide) was designed, implanted without bone cement. Fast anchorage to(More)
A cementless total hip system of modular design is presented. The design of the stem provides for a firm seating on the cortical bone over a large area. Therefore primarily stable fixation is accomplished. The stem in seven different sizes is made of hot forged Ti-6Al-4V Protasul-64 WF alloy of high corrosion fatigue strength. The Biolox ceramic ball with(More)