Fabrication and Characterization of PLA-PGA Orthopedic Implants

C. Mauli Agrawal, Gabriele G. Niederauer, Kyriacos A. Athanasiou

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Abstract

Fabrication methods and property characterization of polyglycolic acid (PGA), polylactic acid (PLA), and their copolymers are reviewed. Both of these aliphatic polyesters belong to the a-hydroxy group and biodegrade in a physiological environment to monomeric acids, which are readily processed and excreted from the body. The physical and mechanical characteristics discussed include molecular weight, crystallinity, stress–strain behavior, permeability, and melting/glass transition temperatures. The most common methods of fabricating PLA–PGA materials into medical devices are described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)241-252
Number of pages12
JournalTissue Engineering
Volume1
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 1995
Externally publishedYes

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Molecular weight

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Agrawal, C. M., Niederauer, G. G., & Athanasiou, K. A. (1995). Fabrication and Characterization of PLA-PGA Orthopedic Implants. Tissue Engineering, 1(3), 241-252. https://doi.org/10.1089/ten.1995.1.241

Fabrication and Characterization of PLA-PGA Orthopedic Implants. / Agrawal, C. Mauli; Niederauer, Gabriele G.; Athanasiou, Kyriacos A.

In: Tissue Engineering, Vol. 1, No. 3, 01.09.1995, p. 241-252.

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Agrawal, CM, Niederauer, GG & Athanasiou, KA 1995, 'Fabrication and Characterization of PLA-PGA Orthopedic Implants', Tissue Engineering, vol. 1, no. 3, pp. 241-252. https://doi.org/10.1089/ten.1995.1.241
Agrawal, C. Mauli ; Niederauer, Gabriele G. ; Athanasiou, Kyriacos A. / Fabrication and Characterization of PLA-PGA Orthopedic Implants. In: Tissue Engineering. 1995 ; Vol. 1, No. 3. pp. 241-252.
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