Soft Tissue Replacement I: Sutures, Skin, and Maxillofacial Implants
In soft tissue implants as in other applications that involve engineering, the performance of an implanted device depends on both the materials used and the design of the device or implant. The initial selection of material should be based on sound materials engineering practice. The final judgment on the suitability of the material depends on observation of the in vivo clinical performance of the implant. Such observations may require many years. This requirement of in vivo observation represents one of the major problems in the selection of appropriate materials for use in the human body. Another problem is that the performance of an implant may also depend on the design rather than the materials per se.
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