Biopolymers in medical implants

Rachana Bhatt, Michael Jaffe

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    Many researchers are exploring the potential use of biopolymers as implants in a wide range of applications ranging from replacements of bone to the regeneration of nerves. Biocompatibility, biodegradability and versatility are the properties which make these biopolymers materials of choice. Studies in biopolymer based implants (till date) indicate significant developments in terms of innovative strategies and design of implants to regenerate/repair a damaged tissue or organ. This chapter reviews the present state-of-art of biopolymers and their applications as medical implants. Several biopolymers namely poly (3-hydroxyalkanoates), collagen, gelatin, chitosan and hyaluronic acid are discussed in detail with reference to their applications in orthopaedics, ophthalmology, cardiology, otolaryngology and a few others.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationExcipient Applications in Formulation Design and Drug Delivery
    PublisherSpringer International Publishing
    Number of pages38
    ISBN (Electronic)9783319202068
    ISBN (Print)9783319202051
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • General Medicine


    • Biopolymers
    • Chitosan
    • Collagen
    • Gelatin
    • Hyaluronic acid
    • Implants
    • Medical Implants
    • Poly (3-hydroxyalkanoates)


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