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US5358533: Sintered coatings for implantable prostheses
4 Claims, No Drawings
A sinterable coating for an implantable prosthesis is provided having 1) interstices into which tissue or bone can grow, and 2) increased surface roughness which provides enhanced initial press-fit fixation. The coating includes at least two sets of particles having different mean diameters. The sizes and numbers of particles are chosen so as to produce a matrix of smaller particles in which are embedded a lesser number of spaced-apart larger particles. The smaller particles provide support for the larger particles, and the larger particles stand proud of the smaller particles to provide the enhanced surface roughness.
- 1. An acetabular prosthesis for implantation in bone comprising a body having a substantially spherical outer surface at least a portion of which is stepped, said substantially spherical outer surface defining a pole, and said steps:a) having similar radial cross-sectional shapes irrespective of their azimuthal locations on the surface of the prosthesis, andb) being substantially covered with a sintered coating of particles,each of said steps comprising a tread and a riser which intersect at a corner, said tread and riser being oriented so that the step opens towards the pole at said corner, whereby, when the prosthesis is implanted in bone, the forces between the bone and the sintered coating tend to drive the particles of the sintered coating into the corner.
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Foreign Patent Documents
|Document Number||Assignees||Inventors||Issue/Pub Date|
|DE2911754||REIMER HANS DR||Oct 1980|
|FR2590478||LAHILLE MICHEL||May 1987|
|FR2651675||MENDOLIA GEORGES||Mar 1991|