Review paper: surface modification for bioimplants: the role of laser surface engineering.

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 37996, USA.
Journal of Biomaterials Applications (Impact Factor: 2.76). 08/2005; 20(1):5-50. DOI: 10.1177/0885328205052974
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ABSTRACT Often hard implants undergo detachment from the host tissue due to inadequate biocompatibility and poor osteointegration. Changing surface chemistry and physical topography of the surface influences biocompatibility. At present, the understanding of biocompatibility of both virgin and modified surfaces of bioimplant materials is limited and a great deal of research is being dedicated to this aspect. In view of this, the current review casts new light on research related to the surface modification of biomaterials, especially materials for prosthetic applications. A brief overview of the major surface modification techniques has been presented, followed by an in-depth discussion on laser surface modifications that have been explored so far along with those that hold tremendous potential for bioimplant applications.

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