Upper femur replacement, England, 1958-1965

Made:
1958-1965 in England
maker:
Unknown

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Upper femur replacement, low molecular wright polyethyhene-alkathene, English, c. 1959

The femur is the top part of the large leg bone which connects at the hip and the knee joints. The upper part of the femur forms the ‘ball’ for the ball and socket joint of the hip. This prosthesis is made from a type of plastic called polyethylene. The plastic is carved to fit the patient’s leg bone precisely. However, it is only used to support the existing bone structure in the leg and cannot hold any weight.

Details

Category:
Orthopaedics
Object Number:
1981-1713
Materials:
complete, plastic (polyethylene-alkathene)
type:
artificial femur
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • prosthesis
  • surgical implant
credit:
Institute of Orthopaedics, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, UCL
status:
Permanent collection

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