Innovations in polyethylene: Research and clinical perspectives on the state of the art of polyethylene

Innovations in polyethylene: Research and clinical perspectives on the state of the art of polyethylene

This activity is sponsored by Zimmer Biomet.

Introduction and Faculty

Ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene is a biomaterial that has been used prominently in hip and knee orthopedic components for the past 40 years. It is the standard choice for surface bearing material because of its resistance to fatigue and mechanical strength. With various types of polyethylene on the market today, however, it is a challenge for orthopedic surgeons to stay current on developments to select the best material for their patients. In addition, today’s patients have higher expectations for long-term implant performance. Therefore, the type of polyethylene used in total knee and total hip replacements, especially in younger, more active or obese patients, is a critical decision for today’s orthopedic surgeon.

Orthopedics Today, through the support of Zimmer Biomet, assembled a panel of experts to discuss the most recent innovations in polyethylene technology. This discussion includes a summary of the progressive development of polyethylene and the types of polyethylene available today, as well as a review of current research on highly crosslinked polyethylene, testing standards and new clinical applications of the innovative antioxidant polyethylene. I thank the faculty members for their participation and Zimmer Biomet for sponsoring this supplement.

Anthony A. Romeo, MD
Chief Medical Editor
Orthopedics Today


Moderators

Aaron G. Rosenberg, MD, FACS, is fellowship director at Midwest Orthopedics at Rush, and professor and former head of the Section of Adult Reconstruction Surgery in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Rush University Medical College in Chicago. Dr. Rosenberg receives royalties from Zimmer Biomet.



Douglas W. Van Citters, PhD, is assistant professor of engineering and director of the Dartmouth Biomedical Engineering Center for Orthopaedics at Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. Dr. Van Citters has no relevant financial disclosures.




Faculty

James C. Ballard, MD, is in private practice in Portland, Ore. Dr. Ballard is a paid consultant for Zimmer Biomet.



Barbara H. Currier, MChE, is a research engineer at the Dartmouth Biomedical Engineering Center for Orthopaedics at Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. Ms. Currier has no relevant financial disclosures.



Orhun K. Muratoglu, PhD, is director of the Harris Orthopaedics Lab at Massachusetts General Hospital and professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School in Boston. Dr. Muratoglu receives royalties from Zimmer Biomet.



Moreica B. Pabbruwe, PhD, is a biomedical engineer and lab manager at the Centre for Implant Technology and Retrieval Analysis at Royal Perth Hospital in Perth, Australia. Dr. Pabbruwe has no relevant financial disclosures.



Siraj A. Sayeed, MD, MEng, is founder and president of South Texas Bone and Joint Institute in San Antonio. He currently holds faculty positions in the orthopedic surgery departments of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Sayeed is a paid consultant for Zimmer Biomet.



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