Perspectives and possibilities for degradable polymers for skeletal implants

Ying Deng, Najmuddin Gunja, Kyriacos A. Athanasiou

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The use of degradable polymers for surgery in skeletal repair is becoming more frequent. Numerous biocompatible, biodegradable polymers are now available for both experimental and clinical use. Despite this, there is a need to further develop polymers with a spectrum of mechanical properties especially for musculoskeletal applications where loading conditions vary depending on location. This chapter reviews some of the prominent biodegradable polymers used in medicine today, such as poly-lactic acid, polyglycolic acid, poly-caprolactone, polydioxanone, and poly-trimethylene carbonate, and includes strategies to improve their mechanical strength through co-polymerization. The use of smart polymers, such as energy storing polyesters for skeletal implants, is also discussed in addition to state-of-the-art computational modeling techniques that might significantly expedite characterization of novel polymers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDegradable Polymers for Skeletal Implants
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9781606924266
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Materials Science(all)


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