Dear colleagues

I would like to ask the list if they know of any current standards for wear
testing of MCP joints? I have undertaken a lit review and there doesn't seem
to be any relevant papers on the topic. There is of course significant
literature on hip and knee wear testing but I would question the direct
relevance due to the different load bearing characteristics and use of the
joints. If there is no data on wear testing of MCP joints then I would use
the hip literature as a starting point. I am considering a flexion/extension
test through the full range of joint motion with a constant applied joint
reaction force tested in calf/bovine serum at room temperature.

Any comments or thoughts would be most appreciated.


John Costi
Biomechanical Engineer
Department of Orthopaedics
Division of Surgery
Repatriation General Hospital
Daws Road, Daw Park
Phone: (08) 8275 1126
Fax: (08) 8374 0712

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