Advances in the processing, sterilization, and crosslinking of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene for total joint arthroplasty.

@article{Kurtz1999AdvancesIT,
  title={Advances in the processing, sterilization, and crosslinking of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene for total joint arthroplasty.},
  author={Steven M Kurtz and Orhun Kamil Muratoglu and Mishell Evans and A A - Stryker Edidin},
  journal={Biomaterials},
  year={1999},
  volume={20 18},
  pages={1659-88}
}
Despite the recognized success and worldwide acceptance of total joint arthroplasty, wear is a major obstacle limiting the longevity of implanted UHMWPE components. Efforts to solve the wear problem in UHMWPE have spurred numerous detailed studies into the structure, morphology, and mechanical properties of the polymer at every stage of its production from original resin into stock material and final fabricated form. Scientific developments in this field are occurring at an accelerating rate… CONTINUE READING

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