Orthopedic Implants Definition

An orthopedic implant is a device surgically placed into the body designed to restore function by replacing or reinforcing a damaged structure. For the treatment of back pain, orthopedic implants such as bone plates and bone screws are used in spinal fusion surgery and fixation of fractured bone segments, as well as implant components used for hip and joint replacement. The material used in orthopedic implants must be biocompatible to avoid rejection by the body. Other risks associated with orthopedic implants include implants coming loose or breaking in the bone causing painful inflammation and infection to surrounding tissue.