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UHMWPE Implants

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UHMWPE Implants: Patent Abstracts

UHMWPE Implants: Patent Titles

 

Ultrahigh Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE)

Implants

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Notes

“Various polymer systems have been used for the preparation of artificial prostheses for biomedical use, particularly orthopedic applications. Among them, ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene is widely used for articulation surfaces in artificial knee, hip, and other joint replacements. Ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) has been defined as those linear polyethylenes which have a relative viscosity of 2.3 or greater at a solution concentration of 0.05% at 135.degree. C. in decahydronaphthalene. The nominal weight--average molecular weight is at least 400,000 and up to 10,000,000 and usually from three to six million. The manufacturing process begins with the polymer being supplied as fine powder which is consolidated into various forms, such as rods and slabs, using ram extrusion or compression molding. Afterwards, the consolidated rods or slabs are machined into the final shape of the orthopedic implant components. Alternatively, the component can be produced by compression molding of the UHMWPE resin powder.” [He et al, US Patent 8,133,436 (3/13/2012)]

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