Physicochemical and mechanical properties of UHMWPE 45 years’ experience

ArticleinInteractive Surgery 2(3):169-173 · November 2007with11 Reads
DOI: 10.1007/s11610-007-0052-4

    Abstract

    The present paper provides a review of the properties of UHMWPE for total joint replacement and of some key features of its The present paper provides a review of the properties of UHMWPE for total joint replacement and of some key features of its
    technology. The first paragraphs describe the basic physical and chemical properties of UHMWPE, as well as the main processing technology. The first paragraphs describe the basic physical and chemical properties of UHMWPE, as well as the main processing
    and sterilisation methods. The following paragraphs are devoted to the chemical processes that lead to oxidative degradation and sterilisation methods. The following paragraphs are devoted to the chemical processes that lead to oxidative degradation
    of the polymer, to its practical outcomes and to the contemporary strategies of packaging which aim to minimize this drawback. of the polymer, to its practical outcomes and to the contemporary strategies of packaging which aim to minimize this drawback.
    Finally, the causes and the effects of wear and debris production are examined and, in the last sections, recent advances Finally, the causes and the effects of wear and debris production are examined and, in the last sections, recent advances
    and future developments in crosslinking and stabilization are briefly described. and future developments in crosslinking and stabilization are briefly described.