Abductor weakness and stresses around acetabular components of total hip arthroplasty

A G Sutherland, S D'Arcy, D Smart, G P Ashcroft

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Abductor weakness, and the resulting Trendelenburg gait, after total hip arthroplasty is believed to be associated with a poor long-term outcome. We have constructed a two-dimensional finite element analysis using load cases to mimic this abductor weakness. The finite element analysis demonstrates slightly increased stresses, particularly at the bone-cement interface in the DeLee-Chamley zone I, which does not seem sufficient to explain the adverse effect of abductor weakness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-278
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Orthopaedics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1999


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