Highly cross-linked polyethylenes represent a new class of polyethylenes that demonstrate dramatic improvements of wear characteristics in laboratory tests. Cross-linked polyethylenes can be manufactured by a number of methods, all of which lead to some changes in the physical properties of the polyethylene. The very limited clinical information about cross-linked polyethylenes available has been favorable. Cross-linked polyethylenes appear to hold promise as an alternative to conventional polyethylene and to hard-on-hard bearing surfaces, but much more clinical information will be required before they can be recommended for routine clinical use.
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