Invivo Corrosion of a Cobalt-Base Alloy and Its Biological Consequences

  • Jonathan Black
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 171)


Implants used in modem orthopaedic surgery are fabricated from three alloy systems with different majority or base components. These alloy systems are iron based high chromium alloys, collectively termed stainless steels, cobalt based alloys and titanium based alloys. Stainless steels and titanium alloys are used for fabrication of internal fixation devices. Cobalt based alloys are not widely used in this application due to their high material and fabrication costs and their relative lack of ductility. Such devices are considered to be temporary implants; long term biological effects should not be a factor in their routine use.


Corrosion Product Malignant Fibrous Histiocytoma Remote Site Total Joint Replacement Metallic Implant 
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