Tag: Orthopedic Surgery

3D-Printed Ceramic Implants Help Regrow Bone

Researchers at NYU have developed 3D-printed ceramic implants that dissolves slowly, allowing bone to grow in their place. The implants can be tailored to mimic the shape of the missing bone, and are chemically-coated to stimulate bone growth. The research team hopes that the technology will be useful for patients with non-healing bone defects. At (Read more...)

Bioengineered Bone Grafts for Large Bone Defects

Researchers at the New York Stem Cell Foundation have developed a technique to produce bioengineered bone grafts for large bone defects, which are currently difficult to treat using conventional techniques. To deal with bone defects, clinicians currently use either synthetic materials or bone grafts from the patient or a donor. However, these graft (Read more...)

Self-Tightening Suture Shortens to Keep a Perfect Fit

J&J‘s DePuy Synthes division is releasing a new orthopedic suture that automatically tightens when compression is lost. The DYNACORD suture, due to its multi-part construction, shortens if it’s not feeling a pull, which can help to guarantee the integrity of a wide variety of soft tissue procedures. The primary focus of use of (Read more...)

3D Joint Space Mapping Helps Assess Arthritis Patients

At the University of Cambridge, scientists have developed a method of monitoring small changes in joints of patients living with osteoarthritis. The capability should give clinical researchers and physicians treating patients a new tool to better understand and deal with the disease. The technique relies on CT scans of patient joints, and it measur (Read more...)

CurveBeam’s Tiny InReach CT Scanner Cleared by FDA

CurveBeam‘s InReach point-of-care extremity CT system garnered FDA clearance for use in scanning the arms, hands, wrists, and elbows, as well as the feet and legs. This is one of the smallest CT scanners out there, giving a detailed 3D view of the extremities that digital X-rays can’t provide. The device doesn’t need any additiona (Read more...)

Silk-Based Polymer to Help Repair Damaged Bones

University of Connecticut researchers have created a new orthopedic material for fixing bones that’s made out of spider silk, itself one of the world’s strongest natural materials. While silk fibroin, the protein in silk that gives it strength, is already in use in sutures and other medical devices, this is the first time it was [&helli (Read more...)