Gone are the days, when mending bones or replacing them was a hard task. Rigorous methods, evasive surgeries and usage of metals, ensured that people opted out of replacement surgeries. In comes ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE), the ideal replacement for bones. It is light weight, is cost effective and has superior properties such as high abrasive strength, and shows extended inertness when it comes to reactivity.
"The application list gets on extending"
Hip replacements, knee replacements, total shoulder replacements or ankle replacements, UHMPWE is the favorite and preferred materials by doctors and surgeons. Owing to the high flexibility offered by the material, customized applications concerning body parts can easily be met with the usage of UHMWPE. Moreover, manufacturers have developed products from sutures to cardiovascular devices.
"The way to convenience"
There has been an increasing preference for replacement surgeries in population - both young and old alike. The hindrance of orthopedic and bone related diseases to active living and available of efficient and proper alternative in the form of UHMWPE is expected to drive the demand. Revision surgeries to course correct, or change the replacement are on the rise thus complementing medical grade UHMWPE.
UHMWPE is increasingly being used as a bearing material in joint replacements. But it comes with its fair share of restraining factors. It is prone to oxidative degradation, reducing its performance. But thanks to recent advancements in research & development, companies have become successful in developing stabilizers aimed at improving overall product performance.
In-depth report on global medical grade ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) market by Grand View Research: