The incidence and significance of rub marks on the stem of removed total hip replacements.

This article presents data on the incidence of rub marks (burnishing) on the stems of 180 removed total hip replacement femoral components most of which were McKees and Stanmores. The incidence varied with the reason for removal. It was low for assorted removals excluding fractured stem removals, higher for "loose stem" removals, and highest for fractured… CONTINUE READING