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Durability and Reliability of Medical Polymers by A Stamboulis, M Jenkins

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Synthetic bioresorbable polymers

R.E. Cameron and A. Kamvari-Moghaddam,     University of Cambridge, UK

Abstract:

The main families of synthetic bioresorbable polymers, which find wide medical application as temporary mechanical supports such as sutures, as tissue engineering scaffolds, and as mediators of release rate for the controlled release of drugs are outlined. The physical and chemical mechanisms by which they degrade are discussed and the factors that can affect their rates of degradation are examined.

Key words

poly(alpha-hydroxy acids)

degradation rate

polyglycolide

polylactide

degradation

Note: This chapter was previously published as Chapter 3 ‘Synthetic bioresorbable polymers’ by R. E. Cameron and A. Kamvari-moghaddam, ...

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