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Orthopedic implants which include the components of zirconium or zirconium-based alloys having surfaces coated with oxidized zirconium or alternatively, other orthopedic implants comprising abrasion resistant surfaces contacting surfaces of cross-linked polyethylene are disclosed. Such implants provide low friction, highly wear resistant coatings especially useful in artificial joints, such as hip joints, knee joints, elbows, etc., but also useful in other implant devices as well. The implants also find use as vertebral disc prostheses.

Title
Prosthetic devices employing oxidized zirconium and other abrasion resistant surfaces contacting surfaces of cross-linked polyethylene
Application Number
10/666477
Publication Number
7182784 (B2)
Application Date
September 18, 2003
Publication Date
February 27, 2007
Inventor
Robert E Brosnahan III
Germantown
TN, US
Shilesh C Jani
Germantown
TN, US
Gordon Hunter
Memphis
TN, US
David L Evans
Bartlett
TN, US
Agent
Fulbright & Jaworski
Assignee
Smith & Nephew
TN, US
IPC
A61F 2/44
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