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Titanium In Surgical Implants

Dec 22, 2017

Compared to stainless steel alloys that have been in medical practice since the early 1900s, Titanium is relatively new in its application as a medical implant for the replacement of a biological tissue. One of the biggest advantages to titanium is its strength – titanium retains as much strength as steel and is exceptionally lighter in weight (approximately 50% lighter), making this material ideal for its use as surgical implants.

Stainless Steel vs. Titanium

Titanium is stronger and lighter in weight compared to stainless steel.

Titanium has a large resistance to repeated loads making it ideal for its application as an implant.

Titanium has greater superior strength under repeated load stresses, making this metal capable of withstanding strain during internal fixation.

With a lower modulus of elasticity compared to stainless steel, titanium is less rigid which limits the amount of stress on bone structures.

Titanium is less prone generating an immune reaction based on the fact that this material is corrosion resistant compared to stainless steel implants.

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