The design of current implants produced from biodegradable polyesters is based on strength and rate of degradation and tailored by the choice of polyester used. However, detailed knowledge about the degradation mechanism of surface modified materials with applications in biomaterials science and tissue engineering is currently lacking. This perspective aims to outline the need for a greater focus on analyzing the degradation of modified polyesters to ensure they can fulfil their intended function and that degradation products can effectively be cleared from the body. The status of the literature regarding surface modified polyesters is summarized to illustrate the main aspects investigated in recent studies and specifically the number of studies investigating the fate of the materials upon degradation.

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See supplementary material at https://doi.org/10.1116/1.5045857 for a summary of the literature investigated including type of material used, type of surface modification and any degradation analysis included.

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