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Absorbable implants for fracture fixation 

Absorbable implants for fracture fixation
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Absorbable implants for fracture fixation
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O. M. Böstman

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10.1093/med/9780199550647.003.012016
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date: 07 December 2019

Use of absorbable fracture fixation devices eliminates hardware removal procedures

Of the macromolecular biodegradable compounds, suited for the manufacturing of these implants, polylactide is the most widely used

Small-fragment intra-articular fractures, especially at the elbow and at the ankle, are the most rewarding clinical applications

Absorbable implants can be inserted through articular surfaces and, in children, also transphyseally

Mechanical failures of the implants and redisplacements of fractures are rare, but local, transient inflammatory foreign-body reactions occurr

In certain intra-articular applications the absorbable fixation devices are superior to metallic ones.

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