Originally Posted by DrMagic
Is the polymer screw, or PLA, definitely a negative for use in bunion surgery versus metal screws? For the ankle, would polymer screws be okay? Is this inflammation typical of most procedures, or was it related to the material?
I can't say it's definitely
a negative, although I believe it is based upon my own anecdotal results. I know a bunch of surgeons use bios.
Inflammation is a part of pretty much any surgery but the bio materials cause more than metals (again, based on my own anecdotal results).
Arthrex has a polymer product they call PEEK that is non-absorbable:
Edit: pdf file is too big to upload. Search the Arthrex site for the "New Materials In Sports Medicine" white papers. Or, I can email the pdf directly to you if you PM me your email addy.