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DePuy Synthes Vet Online Catalog

Technical Information sections:

   Technique Guides - A listing of some of our technique guides, brochures, wall charts, and inventory control forms.

   Care and Handling - A guide detailing specific warnings, precautions, adverse effects, sterility and implant usage.

   Materials - Details on the stainless steel used in our products.

   Implant Guide - Information on the plates and screws available in the DePuy Synthes catalog.

   Instrument Guide - Information on some common instrumentation available in the DePuy Synthes catalog.  



Stainless Steel Implants


Veterinary implants are produced from the same implant-quality 316L stainless steel that is used for the production of human implants.  All material meets or exceeds the composition, microstructure, mechanical property, and full metallurgical requirements of ASTM F 138 Grade 2 implant industry specification.  Implant-quality stainless steel must also satisfy the more stringent metallurgical requirements that have been established by the material specialists within the AO ASIF organization.  This ensures that the highest quality material will be available for the manufacture of veterinary implants. 

The 316L stainless steel composition contains the following major elements:

    2.8% molybdenum; 15% nickel; 18% chromium; balance ion

This composition has excellent resistance to general and pitting corrosion reactions in an aggressive biological environment.  Well characterized biocompatibility features account for the successful clinical performance of this alloy over the last forty years.  Mechanical properties are balanced for an optimum combination of strength and ductility.  Contemporary implant designs provide adequate strength, stiffness, and fatigue resistance for fracture fixation of small and large animals. 

Modern manufacturing facilities and a dedicated work force contribute to the high quality reputation of DePuy Synthes implants.  A well documented quality assurance program meets the Good Manufacturing Practice guidelines established by the implant regulatory agencies.  Surface finish, dimensional tolerances, and overall workmanship are carefully controlled to provide the highest quality implants for veterinary applications.