DBEC: Implant Retrieval Program

 

Invitation to Participate in the DBEC Implant Retrieval Program

Over the last 30 years DBEC has examined over 9000 orthopedic implants sent to us by more than 900 surgeons. You are invited to send your retrieved orthopaedic implants to our laboratory for an analysis and report, complete with digital photographs, provided at no cost to you.

Implant retrieval form (PDF)

Our current research focus includes:

Wear of articular and nonarticular surfaces of polyethylene and metal components.

Wear of articular and nonarticular surfaces of polyethylene and metal components.

 

Effect of sterilization and manufacturing methods on polyethylene oxidation.

Effect of sterilization and manufacturing methods on polyethylene oxidation

 

In vivo performance of historical and new polyethylenes.

In vivo performance of historical and new polyethylenes - Implanted 302 months
Implanted 302 months

In vivo performance of historical and new polyethylenes - Implanted 14 months
Implanted 14 months

In vivo performance of hard on hard articulation.

In vivo performance of hard on hard articulation - Ceramic on ceramic
Ceramic on ceramic

In vivo performance of hard on hard articulation - Metal on metal
Metal on metal

 

Influence of design factors on wear.

We ask that you send us implants as you retrieve them. We are especially interested in those devices implanted in the last three years. An implant retrieval form with mailing directions is included above. Thank you in advance for your participation.

John P. Collier, D.E.
Michael B. Mayor, M.D.