• Over 50 million bone fractures occur annually worldwide, with an estimated 16% requiring the use of fixation repair surgeries [Source: Orthoworld Inc. 2013 Annual Report].  

  • Medical surgical fixation devices are often used to replace damaged or missing bone tissue due to their high initial fixation strength.

  • Metallic implant devices are not degradable.

  • Surgical interventions to remove devices are costly.

  • Cavitations left in the bone after devices are removed are prone to infection.

  • Metallic implants are sensitive to hot and cold changes in temperature.

  • Metal can alter future diagnostic imaging.

  • Fewer complications from infections.