Alternative materials for fracture fixation.


Journal Article (Review)

Biodegradable polymers are gaining acceptance as alternative materials to metallic devices in fracture fixation applications. Self-reinforced polyglycolide and polylactide fixation devices have been used effectively in managing several thousand clinical cases involving small-fragment fractures. An eight percent incidence of non-specific inflammatory reaction and insufficient mechanical strength to deal with load-bearing situations are the two issues preventing the widespread acceptance of these biodegradable fixation devices. This brief review examines the potential of other biodegradable polymers, discusses the biodegradable composite design, and considers future research directions that might realize the full potential of biodegradable polymeric prostheses.

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Cited Authors

  • Leong, KW

Published Date

  • January 1995

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 31 / 4

Start / End Page

  • S69 - S75

PubMed ID

  • 15612386

Pubmed Central ID

  • 15612386

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1607-8438

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0300-8207

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3109/03008209509116838


  • eng