The effect of the environment on the mechanical properties of medical grade silicones.

Abstract

Silicone spacers have been in use as replacement joints in the human hand for over 30 years. Since they were first used there has been a number of designs all of which have had problems with fracture. This may be due to a defect in the material caused during implantation, or by bony intrusions within the arthritic hand after implantation. The aim of this… (More)
DOI: 10.1002/jbm.b.31042

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