Polymer Mechanics

, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 637–640 | Cite as

Rate of resorption of polymeric implants in relation to biological fluid hydrodynamics

  • V. S. Livshits


The dissociation of water-insoluble macromolecular complexes dissociating with the formation of soluble macromolecules is theoretically examined. The dissociation dynamics in static and open systems are compared (model media and the living organism, respectively). The effect of the rate of metabolic processes and the water-salt balance on the dissociation-association equilibrium in the organism is predicted. The effect of the tension in thread formed from a polycomplex on its life is analyzed for constant and relaxing stress. The use of the theory for predicting the resorption times of polymeric implants (sutures) in the living organism is demonstrated.


Open System Macromolecule Metabolic Process Living Organism Relaxing Stress 
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