By Mary Ann Porucznik
You might expect a squeak or two from a new pair of shoes, but from a new total hip? At the recent fall meeting of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS), attendees watched—and heard—videos of patients who had received ceramic-on-ceramic (COC) total hip arthroplasties (THA). As the patients walked, climbed stairs or sat, a distinct squeaking sound emanated from their hips.
The videos were presented along with two separate studies—one prospective, the other case-controlled—reporting on this unusual phenomenon.