The potential for bioresorbable implants in paediatric fractures

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Fractures in childhood are increasingly being treated by operative intervention. The reasons for this are the availability of suitable, child-specific implants, treatment approaches adapted to children's needs, and economic. Since fractures in children heal extremely quickly, the material-specific demands on the implant play a subordinate role. This may mean that resorbable implants (the strength of which is know to be much lower than for metal implants) would be especially suitable for application in the treatment of paediatric patients [1]. However, there are two major problems to be addressed. Firstly, operative treatment in children is generally performed in a closed and indirect procedure and, secondly, the implants are sometimes used as instruments (drilling, reduction, etc.), a need which cannot yet be met by resorbable implants. This article can only outline the situation in an emerging field, based on the author's experience and can draw attention to the need to research and develop resorbable implants for application in paediatric traumatology, paediatric orthopaedics, and paediatric surgery, especially because of their potential with regard to the biological properties of the juvenile skeleton as mentioned above.




Slongo, T. F. (2002). The potential for bioresorbable implants in paediatric fractures. Injury, 33(SUPPL. 2), 84–87.

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