Biomaterials pp 293-316 | Cite as

Hard Tissue Replacement I: Long Bone Repair

  • Joon B. Park
  • Roderic S. Lakes


The design principles, selection of materials, and manufacturing criteria for orthopedic implants are the same as for any other engineering products undergoing dynamic loading. Although it is tempting to duplicate the natural tissues with materials having the same strength and shape, this has not been practical or desirable since the natural tissues and organs have one major advantage over the man-made implants, i.e., their ability to adjust to a new set of circumstances by remodeling their micro- and macrostructure. Consequently, the mechanical fatigue of tissues is minimal unless a disease hinders the natural healing processes or unless they are overloaded beyond their ability to heal.


Intramedullary Nail Rake Angle Fixation Device Bone Plate Bone Screw 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joon B. Park
    • 1
  • Roderic S. Lakes
    • 1
  1. 1.The University of IowaIowa CityUSA

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