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World's first biodegradable joint implant grows new joints

cylonlover (1921924) writes | more than 2 years ago

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cylonlover (1921924) writes "Joint implants should always be made of materials like titanium, so they can last the lifetime of the patient ... right? Well, not according to researchers at Finland's Tampere University of Technology. They've developed a product known as RegJoint, which is reportedly the world's first biodegradable joint implant. Unlike permanent implants, it allows the patient's bone ends to remain intact, and it creates a new joint out of their own tissue."
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maybe this is what I've been waiting for? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39206431)

Dislocated my big toe in high school, hurt like hell, popped it back in shortly after and didn't think too much about it...until 40 years later. Now it's swollen with osteoarthritis, hard to find shoes to accommodate the bump and painful to walk any distance. I've been looking at joint implants, but because foot injuries heal very slowly (have had some other problems), the idea of being off my foot for months to fix the toe joint is not appealing. If anyone knows about this new process, please post links. In particular, interested in USA applications--would rather not travel to Europe for the surgery.

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