Research Article| Volume 52, ISSUE 2, P385-390, August 1962

Preparation of surgical implants from silicone rubber by means of a postforming technique

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        1. The properties of silicone rubber which contribute to its suitability for surgical implantation are described and several surgical applications presently used are noted.
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        2. Some difficulties of established methods of molding silicone rubber are recorded.
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        3. A postforming technique which facilitates the preparation of silicone rubber implants of intricate shapes is presented: the implant is vulcanized in a mold of comparatively simple design and can then be given intricate curvatures without the need for additional complex and expensive molds.
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        4. A simple apparatus for executing this postforming operation is described.
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        5. The physicochemical processes taking place in the rubber are discussed.
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