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Year : 2000  |  Volume : 34  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 141-142

Why Do The Implants Fail?



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Naiyer Asif


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Failure of implants is a common Orthopaedic problem today. The reasons for failure may be varied and complex. Excessive motion at the implant-bone interface, stress concentration within the implant and stress shielding of bone are a few reasons implicated in implant failure. With a view to screen the intensity of the problem in our set up, we have conducted a survey of fourteen senior practicing Orthopaedic Surgeons in our District. These surgeons have rated the specific causes of implant failure on a scale of one to ten, depending upon their own experiences. It is concluded that the causes of implant failure are related to the competence of surgeon and working conditions including the approach towards fracture fixation, availability and quality of implants, quality of fixation and possibilities of alternative internal fixation procedures during surgery, resulting ultimately into implant failure.


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