The UHMWPE Handbook

1st Edition

Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene in Total Joint Replacement

Authors: Steven Kurtz Steven Kurtz
Hardcover ISBN: 9780124298514
eBook ISBN: 9780080481463
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 12th April 2004
Page Count: 379
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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

Description

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.

Key Features

  • 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

Readership

Biomaterials specialists, engineers & researchers, 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


Details

No. of pages:
379
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Academic Press 2004
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
eBook ISBN:
9780080481463
Hardcover ISBN:
9780124298514

Reviews

“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


About the Authors

Steven Kurtz Author

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.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director, Implant Research Center and Associate Professor, Drexel University; Research Assistant Professor, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Steven Kurtz Author

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.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director, Implant Research Center and Associate Professor, Drexel University; Research Assistant Professor, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, USA