The use of titanium and stainless steel in fracture fixation
Authors: Hayes, JS; Richards, RG
Source: Expert Review of Medical Devices, 1 November 2010, vol. 7, no. 6, pp. 843-853(11)
Abstract:The use of metal in fracture fixation has demonstrated unrivalled success for many years owing to its high stiffness, strength, biological toleration and overall reliable function. The most prominent materials used are electropolished stainless steel and commercially pure titanium, along with the more recent emergence of titanium alloys. Despite the many differences between electropolished stainless steel and titanium, both materials provide a relatively predictable clinical outcome, and offer similar success for fulfilling the main biomechanical and biological requirements of fracture fixation despite distinctive differences in implant properties and biological responses. This article explores these differences by highlighting the limitations and advantages of both materials, and addresses how this translates to clinical success.
Document Type: Research Article
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