© 2007 Orthopaedic Research Society. Published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Orthop Res 26:460–464, 2008

Reduction of wear volume from ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene knee components by the addition of vitamin E

Satoshi Teramura Hideyuki Sakoda Tomohiro Terao Miguel M. Endo Kunihiko Fujiwara Naohide Tomita

Wear performance and debris‐size distribution of vitamin E (DL‐α tocopherol, VE)‐added ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) was evaluated using a knee‐simulator test. VE was mixed with GUR 1050 UHMWPE powder at 0.3 wt%, and the tibial components of the knee joint were made by direct compression molding. The VE‐added UHMWPE showed consistently lower wear volume throughout the test.

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