Orthopedic development, like in any other medical field, is extremely important and any small discovery, is a massive step forward in the right direction.
Late last year, orthopedic research has come up with some pretty incredible tools that offer solutions to what before were seemingly ‘unsolvable‘ problems. Here are three discoveries we love:
Implantable Knee Shock Absorber Embedded in First Patient in the United States – “an implantable shock absorber has now been implanted for the first time in the United States to test whether it can delay the need for total knee replacements, and maybe even avoid such procedures completely in many patients.”
Cold Plasma Treated Biodegradable 3D Printed Ortho Implants – “researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films (IST) in Braunschweig, Germany have developed a way to apply surface treatment to 3D printed implants on all the surfaces, be they inside or outside the implant. This is done as a device is being 3D printed, applying a jet of cold plasma that contains reactive amino groups onto the plastic as it comes out of the printer. The amino groups bind with the plastic and eventually help living cells make the implant a welcoming home.”
System Makes Legs Same Length Following Hip Replacement – “hip replacements often lead to one leg ending up a little longer than the other, requiring patients to wear special shoes and causing long-term discomfort. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU in Chemnitz, Germany have developed a system to be able to make hip implants very accurate.”
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