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OrthoArizona has 70 premier musculoskeletal specialists. The orthopedic surgeons and primary care physicians specialize in all areas of orthopedic care including sports, medicine, spine, shoulder and elbow, hand and wrist, hip and knee, foot and ankle, podiatry, trauma, industrial injuries and workers’ compensation.

Load Sharing in the Femur Using Strut Allografts: A Biomechanical Study

OrthoArizona’s Kipling Sharpe, MD co-authored a research article for ScienceDirect titled: Load Sharing in the Femur Using Strut Allografts: A Biomechanical Study

Background: Femoral strut allografts are used in revision hip arthroplasty for management of bone loss associated with implant failure or periprosthetic fractures. They have also been used to treat unremitting thigh pain in well-fixed cementless femoral stems, to address the differential in structural stiffness between the stem and femoral shaft. Our study used an in vitro biomechanical model to measure the effect of placement of allografts on femoral strains, to determine their load-sharing capacity.

Click the following link to see what materials and methods were used to conduct the research, their results, and the conclusion based on these results!  Click here to view PDF

About The Author

Kipling Sharpe, MD is a Total Joint & General Orthopedics Surgeon with OrthoArizona

Dr. Sharpe grew up in Southern California where he attended the University of California at Irvine before transferring to Westmont College in Santa Barbara where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and business. He then attended the University of Southern California (USC) School of Medicine before completing a residency in orthopedic surgery at Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center. Following his residency, Dr. Sharpe completed fellowship training in Adult Reconstruction – Joint Replacement.

Dr. Sharpe specializes in joint reconstruction and revisions of failed joints as well as small incision joint replacement. He is also a consultant for a joint implant manufacturer and travels around the country teaching other surgeons. Dr. Sharpe has been serving as an orthopedic consultant for the Chicago Cubs for more than 10 years, where he continues to learn about treating athletes and keeping them “in the game.” He is also a team physician for the Mesa Cubs and Mesa Aquatics.

He is involved in the local community having served on the board of the Mesa Symphony and a local bank and is actively involved in Scouting. His active lifestyle includes road cycling, swimming, waterskiing and snow skiing. Dr. Sharpe also enjoys vicarious participation in his children’s many sports including swimming, wrestling, diving, soccer, gymnastics, baseball, dance and basketball.