The UHMWPE Handbook

The UHMWPE Handbook

Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene in Total Joint Replacement

1st Edition - March 15, 2004

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  • Editor: Steven Kurtz
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080481463

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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

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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 379
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2004
  • Published: March 15, 2004
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080481463

About the Editor

Steven Kurtz

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

About the Author

Steven Kurtz

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

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