A hip joint works like a sliding bearing: the parts that move relative to each other have direct contact.
And this is exactly the point where it can become painful due to wear and tear. New prostheses are
modeled as closely as possible on the natural joint and are made of metal alloys, ceramics, and special
plastics. The artificial joint consists of a stem that is anchored in the thigh bone, the femoral head, the
hemispherical cup that is inserted into the natural acetabulum, and a cup insert, also called an inlay. For
the patient to be able to walk and play sports again soon after surgery, the ball and socket must fit
together without friction. This sounds simple, but it is not.
It is no coincidence that endoprosthetics, like all applications on humans, is subject to strict regulatory
requirements. In addition, bacteria and contaminants in artificial joints are dangerous enemies of
successful treatment. Biocompatibility is therefore a must. The be-all and end-all in the manufacture of
hip prostheses is the polished surfaces of the ball, cup and cup insert with the fineness required by
The company delivers “customized” in close exchange with the customer. Be it the manufacturer of the
joints themselves or the machines that produce the components for them. Polycrystalline diamond, which
Pureon produces itself in the USA, has proven ideal for polishing the joint components. The combination
of a rough particle surface, optimal grain shape and an application-specific suspension formulation
makes the difference in quality and gives our customers higher productivity,” explains Martin Spring,
co-CEO of Pureon. This is because the Pureon team optimally matches the properties of the carrier fluid,
such as temperature or viscosity, to the polishing process in question. The specific formulations are
applied to the joint, sprayed or brushed, and then polished to remove minute damage to the surface step
by step as the grain size of the polishing agent becomes finer and finer.
At Pureon, the specialists leave nothing to chance. The internationally positioned medium-sized company
has a quality management system according to ISO 9001 and can control – and trace – every step in the
value chain from in-house production of the diamonds to delivery.
manufacturers and surgeons. And, of course, the patient relies on his prosthesis functioning fflawlessly
for decades. Pureon’s high quality standards can guarantee this.