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Orthopedic implants of zirconium or zirconium-based alloy coated with zirconium oxide to provide low friction, highly wear resistant coatings especially useful in artificial joints, such as hip joints, knee joints, elbows, etc. The invention zirconium oxide coated prostheses are also useful in that the zirconium oxide coatings provide a barrier against implant corrosion caused by ionization of the metal prosthesis. Such protection can be extended by the use of oxidized porous coatings of zirconium or zirconium alloy beads or wire mesh into which bone spicules may grow so that the prosthesis may be integrated into the living skeleton.

Title
Zirconium oxide coated prosthesis for wear and corrosion resistance
Application Number
7/385285
Publication Number
5037438
Application Date
July 25, 1989
Publication Date
August 6, 1991
Inventor
James A Davidson
Germantown
TN, US
Agent
Pravel Gambrell Hewitt Kimball & Krieger
Assignee
Richards Medical Company
TN, US
IPC
A61F 2/30
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