Polymeric Biomaterials for Implantable Prostheses

Tram T. Dang, Mehdi Nikkhah, Adnan Memic, Ali Khademhosseini

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Polymeric biomaterials have found increasing applications in implantable prostheses to replace damaged tissues and body parts or supplement their defective functions. In this chapter, we describe the principal biological and mechanical challenges in the selection of suitable polymers for the design of prosthetic devices. We also discuss the use of polymeric biomaterials in existing cardiovascular, orthopedic, ophthalmologic, and dental prostheses and highlight emerging directions in the development of new polymers for future applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNatural and Synthetic Biomedical Polymers
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages23
ISBN (Print)9780123969835
StatePublished - Jan 2014


  • Antifouling
  • Biocompatibility
  • Cardiovascular
  • Dental
  • Implantable prostheses
  • Ophthalmologic
  • Orthopedic
  • Polymeric biomaterials
  • Shape-memory polymers
  • Structural compatibility

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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