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Research project: EnDuRE: Hip Resurfacing Implants for Durability and Biocompatibility

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Hip replacement operations transform lives. More than 85,000 are carried out every year in England and Wales, primarily to treat osteoarthritis, and most are very successful and give patients pain-free movement for well over ten years. However, younger, more active patients present a greater challenge. EnDuRE stands for ‘Enhanced Durability Resurfacing Endoprosthesis’. In this major EU FP7 project, the University of Southampton is partnering other leading industrial and academic specialists across Europe to design and evaluate a hip resurfacing implant system. We are focussing on the young patient, use of highly biocompatible non-metallic materials, and the development of matched implants and surgical instruments.

Ceramic Ball and Polymer Matrix Composite Socket Hip Resurfacing Implant Concepts
EnDuRE Prototypes

This project aims to develop a hip resurfacing system featuring ceramic and polymer matrix composite bearings, and the associated surgical instrumentation. As part of an EU-wide consortium, researchers in Southampton’s Bioengineering Science Research Group were instrumental in the development and evaluation of this novel implant design. We have conducted extensive research into the anatomy of the hip joint to guide the design process, mechanical testing of the implant’s structural integrity, and computational analysis to predict its performance in-vivo with respect to the surrounding bone’s response to the implant.

X-Ray of the Implant System in a Trial Cadaver Surgery
Cadaver Trial Surgery

Details of research impact can be found here.

The project has received funding from the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme (FP7), and featured collaboration with Aurora Medical Ltd (and formerly Finsbury Orthopaedics Ltd), Fraunhofer IPA Stuttgart, Gothenburg University, Biomatech SARL, Hunt Developments Ltd, CeramTec GmbH, Medicoat AG, Invibio Biomaterial Solutions and Adler Ortho SRL.

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Bioengineering Science


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