THE FIVE SIGNS OF ORTHOPAEDIC BIOMATERIALS SUCCESS
Journal: Open Journal of Mechanical Engineering (OJME)
Author: Spencer Steele*
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Orthopaedic devices are expected to be implanted at much higher rates in the upcoming decades since individuals are living longer and still demand the same quality of life. Successful procedures will continue to improve based on optimized surgical technique and advanced implant designs/coatings. The success of orthopaedic implants cannot be attributed solely to good intuition or the material type alone. While titanium is a preferred biomaterial for many orthopaedic applications, additional factors significantly impact implant survivorship. Therefore, this article is intended to provide an overview of critical principles and will discuss what we define as the 5 hallmarks of orthopaedic biomaterials success.