Is the OXINIUM Technology a Useful Technology in Total Joint Arthroplasty?

  • C. B. Rieker
Conference paper
Part of the Ceramics in Orthopaedics book series (CIO)


The OXINIUM technology, developed by Smith & Nephew, is designed to oxidize a wrought 97.5% zirconium – 2.5% niobium alloy by means of thermal diffusion and so create a zirconia surface about 5 μm thick [1], as shown in Figure 1 [1].
Figure 1

The OXINIUM technology.


Wear Rate Femoral Component Polyethylene Wear Total Knee Prosthesis Abrasive Wear Test 
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