Annals of Biomedical Engineering

, Volume 20, Issue 6, pp 583–594 | Cite as

Orthopedic prosthesis fixation

  • Joon B. Park


The fixation of orthopedic implants has been one of the most difficult and challenging problems. The fixation can be achieved via: (a) direct mechanical fixation using screws, pins, wires, etc.; (b) passive or interference mechanical fixation where the implants are allowed to move or merely positioned onto the tissue surfaces; (c) bone cement fixation which is actually a grouting material; (d) biological fixation by allowing tissues to grow into the interstices of pores or textured surfaces of implants; (e) direct chemical bonding between implant and tissues; or (f) any combination of the above techniques. This article is concerned with various fixation techniques including the potential use of electrical, pulsed electromagnetic field chemical stimulation using calcium phosphates for the enhancement of tissue ingrowth, direct bonding with bone by glass-ceramics and resorbable particle impregnated bone cement to take advantages of both the immediate fixation offered by the bone cement and long term fixation due to tissue ingrowth.


orthopedic prosthesis Fixation Bone cement Biological fixation Tissue ingrowth Stimulation 


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  • Joon B. Park
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biomedical EngineeringThe University of IowaIowa City

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