The UHMWPE Handbook

Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene in Total Joint Replacement


  • Steven Kurtz, Ph.D., Director, Implant Research Center and Assoc. Professor, Drexel University Research Assistant Professor, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA


Orthopedic/spine surgeons and resdients who are interested in the latest advances in artifical joints. Patients of orthopedic and spine replacement surgeries Bioengineering students Orthopedic Researchers


Book information

  • Published: April 2004
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-429851-4


┬┐The UHMWPE Handbook is a comprehensive yet concise presentation of the important role that polyethylene has played and continues to play in the treatment armamentarium of the orthopaedic surgeon┬┐the subject matter gives the reader an excellent overview of the field that will stimulate further reading and research. Portions of this book will be of great interest to orthopaedic residents and surgeons, providing them with a basic framework to understand the performance of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene in a variety of clinical settings, including arthroplasty of the hip, knee, shoulder, and disc. This book should be read by individuals who are involved in clinical and basic research involving polyethylene performance as well as by biomedical engineering trainees who intend to pursue a career in the orthopaedic device industry. The author and his colleagues are to be commended for compiling this information and producing an authoritative and useful resource for our speciality┬┐ ┬┐ The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery

Table of Contents

Primer on UHMWPE; From Ethylene Gas to UHMWPE Component; Packaging and Sterilization of UHMWPE; The Origins of UHMWPE in Total Hip Anthroplasty; The Clinical Performance of UHMWPE in Hip Replacements; Alternatives to Conventional UHMWPE for Hip Anthroplasty; The Origins and Adaptations of UHMWPE for Knee Replacements; The Clinical Performance of UHMWPE in Knee Replacements; The Clinical Performance of UHMWPE in Shoulder Replacements; The Clinical Performance of UHMWPE in the Spine; Mechanisms of Crosslinking and Oxidative Degradation of UHMWPE; Characterization of Physical, Chemical, and Mechanical Properties of UHMWPE; Development and Application of the Small Punch Test to UHMWPE; Computer Modeling and Simulation of UHMWPE; Compendium of Highly Crosslinked and Thermally Treated UHMWPEs