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Historical Perspective of Metallic Implants

The first metal alloy developed specifically for human use was "vanadium steel" in the early 1900's.The earliest successful implants were bone plates, introduced in the early 1900s to stabilize bone fractures and accelerate their healing. As early as the first bone plate implants, surgeons identified material and problems that resulted in premature loss of implant function, as evidenced by mechanical failure, corrosion, and poor biocompatibility. Design, material selection, and biocompatibility remain the three critical issues in today's biomedical implants and devices.