The Basics Of Bioresorbable Materials Selection

There are a variety of materials available for your bioresorbable product, and each requires different materials with specific properties. Read about the different options for your product type and select the best fit for your needs.

What is bioresorbable and how does that work?

Bioresorbable materials are materials that can be broken down by the body and eliminated without posing a health risk. Effective bioresorbable material selection can be used in medical devices, implants, and other products to reduce the risk of implant failure or injury. 

There are many different types of bioresorbable materials, each with its own properties and benefits. Here are some of the most common types of bioresorbable materials: 

-Polylactic acid (PLA): PLA is a type of bioresorbable material made from renewable resources like cornstarch. PLA is often used as a replacement for traditional plastic surgery materials like polypropylene. It has low toxicity, low moisture absorption, and low plasticizer release rate, which makes it ideal for medical devices and other products that need to be durable and safe. 

-Polyglycolic acid (PGA): PGA is another type of bioresorbable material made from renewable resources like sugarcane or sugar beet juice. PGA is often used as a replacement for traditional plastic surgery materials like polyethylene. 

The Bioresorbable Materials Selection Process

When considering the use of bioresorbable materials in your medical device, you first need to understand their properties. The three most important factors to consider are absorbency, degradation rate, and toxicity. 

Absorbency is determined by how much material can absorb per unit of time. Absorbency also depends on the surface area of the material. For example, a material that absorbs quickly will have a high absorbency, while a material with a large surface area will have low absorbency.