PEEK Biomaterials Handbook

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Steven M. Kurtz
William Andrew, 2011 - Technology & Engineering - 298 pages
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PEEK biomaterials are currently used in thousands of spinal fusion patients around the world every year. Durability, biocompatibility and excellent resistance to aggressive sterilization procedures make PEEK a polymer of choice replacing metal in orthopedic implants, from spinal implants and hip replacements to finger joints and dental implants.

This Handbook brings together experts in many different facets related to PEEK clinical performance as well as in the areas of materials science, tribology, and biology to provide a complete reference for specialists in the field of plastics, biomaterials, medical device design and surgical applications.

Steven Kurtz, author of the well respected UHMWPE Biomaterials Handbook and Director of the Implant Research Center at Drexel University, has developed a one-stop reference covering the processing and blending of PEEK, its properties and biotribology, and the expanding range of medical implants using PEEK: spinal implants, hip and knee replacement, etc.

Full coverage of the properties and applications of PEEK, the leading polymer for spinal
PEEK is being used in a wider range of new applications in biomedical engineering, such
as hip and knee replacements, and finger joints. These new application areas are explored
in detail.
Essential reference for plastics enginers, biomedical engineers and orthopedic
professionals involved in the use of the PEEK polymer, and medical implants made from

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I would like to say that their claim to no allergic reaction to Peek is no longer true. My daughter had ACL reconstruction surgery using a hamstring graft. Four months post op and she was put in the hospital with a possible infection. It turns out to be an allergic reaction to a Peek product used in the graft site. Not good! 


Chapter 1 An Overview of PEEK Biomaterials
Chapter 2 Synthesis and Processing of PEEK for Surgical Implants
Chapter 3 Compounds and Composite Materials
Chapter 4 Morphology and Crystalline Architecture of Polyaryletherketones
Chapter 5 Fracture Fatigue and Notch Behavior of PEEK
Chapter 6 Chemical and Radiation Stability of PEEK
Chapter 7 Biocompatibility of Polyaryletheretherketone Polymers
Chapter 8 Bacterial Interactions with Polyaryletheretherketone
Chapter 11 Bioactive Polyaryletherketone Composites
Chapter 12 Porosity in Polyaryletheretherketone
Fusion and Motion Preservation
Chapter 14 Isoelastic Polyaryletheretherketone Implants for Total Joint Replacement
Chapter 15 Applications of Polyetheretherketone in Trauma Arthroscopy and Cranial Defect Repair
Chapter 16 Arthroplasty Bearing Surfaces
Chapter 17 FDA Regulation of Polyaryletheretherketone Implants

Chapter 9 Thermal Plasma Spray Deposition of Titanium and Hydroxyapatite on Polyaryletheretherketone Implants
Chapter 10 Surface Modification Techniques of Polyetheretherketone Including Plasma Surface Treatment

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About the author (2011)

Dr. Kurtz has been researching ultra-high molecular weight polyehtylene(UHMWPE) for use in orthopedics for over 10 years. He has published dozens of papers and several book chapters related to UHMWPE used in joint replacement. He has pioneered the development of new test methods for the material in orthopedics. Dr. Kurtz has authored national and international standards for medical upgrade UHMWPE.

As a principle engineer at Exponent, an international engineering and scientific consulting company, his research on UHMWPE is supported by several major orthopedic manufacturers. He has funding from the National Institutes for Health to stdy UHMWPE changes after implanatation in the body, as well as to develop new computer-based tools to predict the performance of new UHMWPE materials.

Dr. Kurtz is the Director of an orthopedic implant retrieval program in Philadelphia which is affiliated with Drexel University and Thomas Jefferson University. He teaches classes on the performance of orthopedic polymers (including UHMWPE) at Drexel, Temple, and Princeton Universities.

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