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XLPE Knee

What is XLPE or Highly Cross-Linked Plastic?

XLPE

As remarkable as OXINIUM Oxidized Zirconium is, it is the combination of the OXINIUM material on XLPE that makes VERILAST Technology. XLPE is created by altering chemical bonds in the polyethylene we use to create our plastic inserts. By doing so, we are able to create a tighter weave at the molecular level, thus reducing the amount of wear experienced when the metal component rubs against it. Perhaps the easiest way to think of it is like a fabric with a higher thread count.

VERILAST Knee Technology is exclusive to Smith & Nephew. Not every surgeon has been trained to use VERILAST Knee Implants. To find a VERILAST Knee surgeon near you, use our Find a Physician locator.

Important Safety Notes

Individual results of joint replacement vary. Implants are intended to relieve knee pain and improve function, but may not produce the same feel or function as your original knee. There are potential risks with knee replacement surgery such as loosening, wear and infection that may result in the need for additional surgery. Patients should not perform high impact activities such as running and jumping unless their surgeon tells them that the bone has healed and these activities are acceptable. Early device failure, breakage or loosening may occur if a surgeon's limitations on activity level are not followed.

The information listed on this site is for informational and educational purposes and is not meant as medical advice. Every patient's case is unique and each patient should follow his or her doctor's specific instructions. Please discuss nutrition, medication and treatment options with your doctor to make sure you are getting the proper care for your particular situation.

VERILAST Knee Technology

How long do you want your knee implant to last?

30-Year knee wear testing

What is OXINIUM Oxidized Zirconium?

What is XLPE?