UHMWPE Biomaterials Handbook - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780124015067, 9780080884448

UHMWPE Biomaterials Handbook

2nd Edition

Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene in Total Joint Replacement and Medical Devices

Print ISBN: 9780124015067
eBook ISBN: 9780080884448
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 15th June 2009
Page Count: 568
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This book describes the science, development, properties and application of of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) used in artificial joints. This material is currently used in 1.4 million patients around the world every year for use in the hip, knee, upper extremities, and spine.

Since the publication of the 1st edition there have been major advances in the development and clinical adoption of highly crosslinked UHMWPE for hip and knee replacement. There has also been a major international effort to introduce Vitamin E stabilized UHMWPE for patients. The accumulated knowledge on these two classes of materials are a key feature of the 2nd edition, along with 19 other new chapters providing coverage of the key engineering aspects (biomechanical and materials science) and clinical/biological performance of UHMWPE.


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"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." - Joshua J. Jacobs, MD, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL