What’s making the noise in squeaky hips?

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.

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