Hydroxyapatite and silicon-substituted hydroxyapatite powers were prepared in-house through a wet precipitation method and then vacuum plasma sprayed onto Ti-6Al-4V discs. Two plasma gun input powers were employed, 37 kW and 40 kW. All coatings were nearly phase pure, except small traces of impurities (TTCP, -TCP and CaO). Coatings prepared under the lower plasma gun input power had lower crystallinity. In vitro studies showed that human osteoblast-like cells attached and spread very well on all coated discs. Among the four kinds of discs, SiHAC37 was the most supportive to cell growth.