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Implants are biomedical materials or medical devices intended to replace a missing biological structure, or support or augment the function of an existing one. Examples of implants are prostheses, dental fixtures, and birth-control subdermal capsules.
Metallic stents have been widely used in coronary angioplasty. Here, the authors develop a resorbable self-expanding stent from polymeric elastomers with high mechanical strength for coronary applications.