Performing implant retrieval analyses can improve the clinical outcome of total joint replacements by reviewing past modes of failure and success. Every implant retrieved at our centre is thoroughly cleaned, processed, and stored, while the clinical history of these implants are compiled into a secure database. Joint replacement components are then analyzed using all, or a select number of techniques using our state-of-the-art technology ranging from CMM, laser scanning, and surface roughness measurements, to scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy.
Performing implant retrieval analyses can improve the clinical outcome of total joint replacements as well as determine the cause of failure (or success) for a particular implant system or model. Implant retrieval analysis is also beneficial for medical device development to advance implant design in the areas needed.
Performing contracted implant retrieval analyses is a backbone of our service offering. OIC Engineers will work with interested clients to establish an analysis protocol for a defined device or device-type that exists in our database. Our implant retrieval database is the largest in Western Canada with over 4000 retrieved joint replacements.