Dr. Burak sees other advancements on the horizon. “I think the bearing surfaces are improving, and are better than they’ve ever been,” he states. “I think a hip done in a patient who’s young — under 65 — could last the rest of their life. I don’t think the past problems of hips wearing out are as much of an issue anymore.”
Hip implants include three components: the cup, femoral head, and a stem that fits into the femur. The stem and cup are made of titanium, and have a coating that allows the bone to grow onto them biologically, making them a part of your body. On occasion, cement is used to adhere the stem to the bone if the thigh bone is very osteoporotic or has some other disease process. The three basic choices of bearing surface for the devices are metal-on-metal, ceramic on highly cross-linked polyethylene, or metal on highly cross-linked polyethylene.