Wear of Orthopaedic Implants and Artificial Joints

Edited by

  • Saverio Affatato, Medical Physicist, Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute, Bologna, Italy

Although hip, knee and other orthopaedic implants are well-established prostheses, much remains to be understood about how these implants wear in use. This important book summarises the wealth of recent research in this area and its implications for implant and joint design.

After an introductory overview, the book reviews the causes and prevention of implant wear. Part one discusses fundamental issues such as tissue response to wear, the anatomy and biomechanics of hips and knees as well as the materials and design issues they raise for hip, knee and other types of orthopaedic implant. Part two considers wear phenomena in a range of materials, including ultra-high molecular weight (UHMWPE), metal and ceramic joints. It also covers surgical and other factors influencing wear as well as ways of detecting, analysing and predicting implant wear and failure.

With its distinguished editor and international team of contributors, Wear of orthopaedic implants and artificial joints is a standard reference for implant manufacturers, surgeons and those researching this important area.
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Researchers, materials scientists, clinicians and prosthesis manufacturers.


Book information

  • Published: April 2012
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-0-85709-128-4

Table of Contents

Part 1 Fundamentals of implant wear: Introduction to wear phenomenon of orthopaedic implants; Biology of implant wear; Biomechanics of the hip and knee: Implant wear; Anatomy of the hip and suitable prostheses; Anatomy of the knee and suitable prostheses; Orthopaedic implant materials and design; Materials used for hip and knee implants. Part 2 Wear phenomenon: The wear phenomenon of Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) joints; The wear phenomenon of metal joints; Wear phenomenon of ceramic joints; The influence of surgical techniques on implant wear; Factors contributing to orthopaedic implant wear; Diagnosis and surveillance of orthopaedic implants; Failure analysis of orthopaedic implants; Wear prediction of orthopaedic implants.