Advanced Materials

Bioabsorbable surgical composite materials

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  • Prof. Pertti Törmälä

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    1. Biomaterials Laboratory Tampere University of Technology P.O. Box 589, SF-33101 Tampere (Finland)
    • Biomaterials Laboratory Tampere University of Technology P.O. Box 589, SF-33101 Tampere (Finland)
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Abstract

Biomaterials, materials that are used in medical devices such as surgical implants, are often no longer biostable materials, for example metals or plastics, but bioabsorbable materials, which are degraded and digested in the body. These have the advantage that an operation to remove implants such as bone fracture fixation pins, screws and plates can be avoided. The work is aimed at developing self-reinforced bioabsorbable composites for use in fracture fixation, and in creating new tissues and artificial organs.

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