Biomaterials and more
As you'd expect, orthopedic implants are very "high tech." Their designs can be quite complex, and the materials used to make them, called biomaterials, are highly developed. Examples of biomaterials used in the Coonrad/Morrey Total Elbow include Tivanium® alloy, cobalt-chrome, and polyethylene.The materials most commonly used have a long history of clinical use.
There are many different biomaterials, but there's no single biomaterial that is best for all implants and all patients. The specific requirements of an implant material vary depending on how the implant was designed to be used.