Current fracture management utilises surgically implanted metal plates to fix fractured bones to restore anatomy. Following healing, the metal plate may have to be removed which requires a second operation imparting further trauma to the patient.
Bioresorbable composite fracture repair plates offer the potential of reduced stress shielding due to plate degradation which can lead to a progressive reduction in mechanical properties and transfer of loads to the healing bone tissue, whilst also obviating the need for a second surgical procedure to remove the plate.
Resorbable Polymers and Composites
Fully resorbable composite plates (and rods) based on resorbable polymers (such as PLA and PCL) reinforced with resorbable phosphate glass fibres are being developed to address this issue.