Effect of sterilization method and other modifications on the wear resistance of acetabular cups made of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene. A hip-simulator study.

@article{McKellop2000EffectOS,
  title={Effect of sterilization method and other modifications on the wear resistance of acetabular cups made of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene. A hip-simulator study.},
  author={Harry A. McKellop and F W Shen and Bo Lu and Patricia A Campbell and R Salovey},
  journal={The Journal of bone and joint surgery. American volume},
  year={2000},
  volume={82-A 12},
  pages={1708-25}
}
BACKGROUND Wear of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene acetabular cups in hip prostheses produces billions of submicrometer wear particles annually that can cause osteolysis and loosening of the components. Thus, substantial improvement of the wear resistance of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene could extend the clinical life span of total hip prostheses. It has become apparent that the conditions under which ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene cups have been sterilized can… CONTINUE READING
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