Biodegradable implants are an alternative to metallic implants and have the advantage of not being necessary to remove once the fracture has healed. Twenty-two patients with fractures were treated with biodegradable implants. There were osteolysis in eleven patients; however, no serious complication was encountered. Although biodegradable implants are expensive, a second surgical procedure to remove the implants is not necessary, relieving the patient of the related costs and risks.
Biodegradable, bioresorbable, bioabsorbable, fracture fixation.
YETKİN, HALUK; ŞENKÖYLÜ, ALPASLAN; CİLA, ERDAL; ÖZTÜRK, AKİF MUHTAR; and ŞİMŞEK, SEZAİ AYKIN (2000) "Biodegradable Implants in Orthopaedics and Traumatology," Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences: Vol. 30: No. 3, Article 16. Available at: https://journals.tubitak.gov.tr/medical/vol30/iss3/16