The UHMWPE Handbook: Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene in Total Joint Replacement

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Academic Press, Jun 26, 2004 - Technology & Engineering - 379 pages
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Recently, the orthopedic industry developed new processing techniques (radiation crosslinking), which are expected to dramatically reduce wear and improve the longevity of hip implants beyond 10 years.

This book describes the history and properties of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) used in artificial joints by describing its properties and reviewing the latest clinical results.

* The most up-to-date information on the properties of UHMWPE

* Endorsed by Ticona - the world's leading manufacturer of UHMWPE for medical use

* An enormous 'installed base' of over 1.4 million procedures each year

* UHMWPE has been used by orthopedists for over 40 years, yet its properties and performance in situ are still not well understood

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This is an excellent hand book on UHMW PE covering medical applications related to enhancing and enriching the human life. It relates from basic to the most advanced developments in UHMW PE.
- Jayant D Divey, RIL


The Process of Producing Orthopedic Implants
3 Packaging and Sterilization of UHMWPE
4 The Origins of UHMWPE in Total Hip Arthroplasty
5 The Clinical Performance of UHMWPE in Hip Replacements
6 Alternatives to Conventional UHMWPE for Hip Arthroplasty
7 The Origins and Adaptations of UHMWPE for Knee Replacements
8 The Clinical Performance of UHMWPE in Knee Replacements
10 The Clinical Performance of UHMWPE in the Spine
11 Mechanisms of Crosslinking and Oxidative Degradation of UHMWPE
12 Characterization of Physical Chemical and Mechanical Properties of UHMWPE
13 Development and Application of the Small Punch Test to UHMWPE
14 Computer Modeling and Simulation of UHMWPE
15 Compendium of Highly Crosslinked and Thermally Treated UHMWPEs

9 The Clinical Performance of UHMWPE in Shoulder Replacements

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About the author (2004)

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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