Orthopaedic Biomaterials: Part II. Metallurgy

Abstract

Advances in biomaterials have been central to improvements in orthopaedic implants in all fields of orthopaedics. For the clinician, patient care decisions are most enhanced by key principles and facts, as opposed to technical details. In part II of this series, we review the basic principles of metallurgy, including common materials, commercial implant applications, and modern manufacturing processes. Emphasis is given to clinical relevance for patient care decisions.

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