Gamma Vacuum Foil (GVF) Versus Cross-linked Polyethylene in Total Knee Arthroplasty Study

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified April 2013 by DePuy Orthopaedics.
Recruitment status was  Active, not recruiting
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DePuy Orthopaedics Identifier:
First received: February 7, 2006
Last updated: April 3, 2013
Last verified: April 2013
The purpose of this study is to evaluate long-term clinical and radiographic data between geometrically identical GVF and cross-linked polyethylene-bearing inserts in total knee arthroplasty.

Condition Intervention Phase
Osteoarthritis, Knee
Arthritis, Rheumatoid
Other: total knee arthroplasty
Device: total knee arthroplasty
Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Prospective, Comparative, Randomized Study of GVF Versus Cross-linked Polyethylene in Total Knee Arthroplasty

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Further study details as provided by DePuy Orthopaedics:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Survivorship [ Time Frame: 5 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • American Knee Society scores [ Time Frame: 2 years and 5 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Medical imaging [ Time Frame: 5 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]

Enrollment: 937
Study Start Date: February 2005
Estimated Study Completion Date: May 2013
Estimated Primary Completion Date: May 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: A
Gamma Vacuum Foil polyethylene tibial component
Other: total knee arthroplasty
Gamma Vacuum Foil polyethylene tibial bearing component
Active Comparator: B
Cross-linked polyethylene tibial component
Device: total knee arthroplasty
cross-linked polyethylene tibial bearing component
Other Name: P.F.C. Sigma cross-linked bearing

Detailed Description:

In 1996, Gamma Vacuum Foil (GVF) polyethylene was introduced as the first polyethylene to be gamma irradiated and packaged in an inert environment. This polyethylene, with its patented process and packaging, continues to be the only barrier-packaged process that is impermeable to both Hydrogen (H2) and Oxygen (O2), and allows the polyethylene to recombine and cross-link in the package. Though the new moderately cross-linked polyethylene being evaluated in this protocol is comparable to GVF geometrically and mechanically, the P.F.C.® Sigma™ cross-linked polyethylene also has the added benefit of being completely oxidatively stable both on the shelf and in-vivo.

The P.F.C. Sigma tibial tray component being assessed in this study is made of Cobalt Chrome (CoCr). The new CoCr tibial tray has the same design geometrically as the original titanium (Ti) tray, however, it features a highly polished top surface where it is joined to the polyethylene. This polished surface is designed to decrease the coefficient of friction between the polyethylene and the tray, thus minimizing backside wear. A comparative clinical study will be conducted to evaluate long-term clinical and radiographic data between geometrically identical cemented implants using GVF and crosslinked polyethylene tibial tray bearing inserts in Total Knee Arthroplasty (TKA) using the P.F.C. Sigma Total Knee System. Patients will be assigned to study treatment groups at random if they meet specific demographic and pathophysiologic criteria for cemented total knee arthroplasty. The anticipated duration of this investigation is a minimum six years, which includes a one-year enrollment phase.

The specific aims of this study are as follows:

  1. Examine whether crosslinked polyethylene performs as well, if not better, than GVF polyethylene through standard clinical evaluations.
  2. Evaluate long-term survivorship rates.
  3. Report complications/adverse events.
  4. Report radiographic findings of geometrically identical implants.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 80 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Osteoarthritis of the affected joint appropriate for Total Knee Arthroplasty.
  2. Diagnosis of any of the following: rheumatoid or other inflammatory arthritis, post-traumatic arthritis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.
  3. Radiographic evidence of sufficient sound bone stock to seat and support the prosthesis.
  4. Subject requires a primary total knee replacement and is considered to be suitable for the specific knee prosthesis identified in protocol.
  5. Subject has given consent to the transfer of his/her information to sponsor.
  6. Subject will be compliant with requirements of protocol by returning for follow-up visits.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. History of recent/active joint sepsis.
  2. Charcot neuropathy.
  3. Psycho-social disorders that would limit rehabilitation.
  4. Women who are pregnant or planning on being pregnant.
  5. Greater than 80 years of age at the time of surgery.
  6. Prior ipsilateral knee arthroplasty.
  7. Metabolic disorders of calcified tissues, such as Paget's disease.
  8. Severe diabetes mellitus that is not controlled by diet or oral agents.
  9. Require joint replacement due to immunodeficiency syndromes.
  10. Skeletal immaturity.
  11. Avascular necrosis of the affected knee.
  12. Chronic renal disease.
  13. Subjects involved in medical-legal or worker's compensation claims.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00289133

United States, Alabama
Alabama Orthopaedic Clinic
Mobile, Alabama, United States, 36608
United States, California
Pacific Bone and Joint Clinic
Berkley, California, United States, 94705
United States, Colorado
Orthopedic Center of the Rockies
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States, 80525
United States, Florida
Holy Cross Hospital
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, United States, 33308
Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic
Orlando, Florida, United States, 32817
Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic
Winter Park, Florida, United States, 32792
United States, Illinois
Loyola University
Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60153
Rockford Orthopedic Associates
Rockford, Illinois, United States, 61107
United States, Pennsylvania
Orthopaedic & Spine Specialists
York, Pennsylvania, United States, 17402
Sponsors and Collaborators
DePuy Orthopaedics
Principal Investigator: Gracia Etienne, MD Orthopaedic & Spine Specialists
Principal Investigator: Michael L. Granberry, MD Alabama Orthopaedic Clinic
Principal Investigator: Richard M. Konsens, MD Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic
  More Information

Responsible Party: DePuy Orthopaedics Identifier: NCT00289133     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 03111 
Study First Received: February 7, 2006
Last Updated: April 3, 2013
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by DePuy Orthopaedics:
Arthroplasty, Replacement, Knee

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Arthritis, Rheumatoid
Osteoarthritis, Knee
Autoimmune Diseases
Connective Tissue Diseases
Immune System Diseases
Joint Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
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