SummaryA study of metallic implants consecutively removed from 133 patients at the Hospital for Special Surgery during a 2-year period was conducted to evaluate their performance. They had been implanted for 2 weeks to over fifteen years. The implants studied consisted of prostheses and internal fixation devices used for open reduction of fractures or immobilization of osteotomies. The implants had been fabricated from either stainless steel or cobalt-chromium alloys.Case histories and roentgenograms were rev…
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