The Use of Silver-Coated Orthopaedic Implants

Are All Silvers the Same?

Guy V. Morris, BSc, MBChB, FRCS (Tr & Orth); Jakub Kozdryk, MBChB, FRCS (Tr & Orth); Jonathan Gregory, FRCS BSc, MBChB, (Tr & Orth); Lee Jeys, MBChB, MSc (Orth Engin), FRCS (Tr & Orth)


Curr Orthop Pract. 2017;28(6):532-536. 

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It is clear that the incorporation of silver technology within orthopaedic implants shows a clear implant survival benefit with regards to infection with no marked health risks if used in a controlled manner. This is especially important for the management of patients who may be prone to periprosthetic joint infections, such as those who are immunocompromised or who require prosthetic revision. Whether the technology will be affordable enough in the future to offer this as a routine coating for standard implants remains to be seen. Similarly, the ability of infective organisms to develop resistance against this new line of defense remains unknown and will only become apparent with time.