The use of highly crosslinked polyethylene in total knee arthroplasty

T. S. Brown, D. W. Van Citters, D. J. Berry, M. P. Abdel

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Advances in polyethylene (PE) in total hip arthroplasty have led to interest and increased use of highly crosslinked PE (HXLPE) in total knee arthroplasty (TKA). Biomechanical data suggest improved wear characteristics for HXLPE inserts over conventional PE in TKA. Short-term results from registry data and few clinical trials are promising. Our aim is to present a review of the history of HXLPEs, the use of HXLPE inserts in TKA, concerns regarding potential mechanical complications, and a thorough review of the available biomechanical and clinical data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)996-1002
Number of pages7
JournalBone and Joint Journal
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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