Are Medpor Implants Harder To Remove The Longer They Have been In?

Q: Dr. Eppley, Is Medpor implant removal more difficult if they are placed long time ago ? Thank you.

A: The time duration of implantation (short of a few days after surgery) does not affect the ‘difficulty’ of Medpor implant removal. I have removed hundreds of them from months to years after they have been placed and the time differences of how long they have been in there does not seem to change how they are removed. In other words, whether it is months or years they offer the same amount of tissue ingrowth. They never get direct bone ingrowth into the material. (some times there is some bone overgrowth but not ingrowth)

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana