Generally, bone replacement surgery requires transplants from other body parts, normally from the hip or shinbone. The various techniques use ground bone from donors or ground or heat-treated bone from bovine animals. But this kind of surgery has lots of complications. But, now researchers found a solution to it. Researchers have developed an implant technique to treat broken bones or fractures. This technique is also known as NewBone.
This groundbreaking research was done by Norwegian company Corticalis in collaboration with Spain’s Numat Biomedical, the University of Oslo, and the University of the Balearic Islands. Scientists initially wanted to artificially improve the healing and repair of damaged bones by decreasing complications and costs.
With this implant technique, one more invention of new material is done. This material is made of porous ceramic and can be inserted into the affected area, allowing the bone to repair itself. This acts like an artificial platform for bone.
Stale Petter Lyngstadaas, the Corticalis co-founder and CEO, said, “With this method, it’s sufficient to insert a small piece of artificial heavy matter into the bone. The artificial platform is strong like real bone. Still, it is absorptive enough for bone tissue and blood vessels grow around it and replace it.”
Professor Lyngstadaas said, “One particular use case scenario has been to treat jaw defects or mandibular cancer. I hope dentists will able to use this technique by next two years. Various kroner have spent annually on implanting new bone tissue in mandibles in Norway. Worldwide, we are talking about several million patients.”
According to analysis, 90 percent of the population is expected to experience hard tissue loss, and 30 percent of these are estimated to undergo surgery. So, this NewBone technique will greatly impact the quality of life for an essential proportion of European citizens.
Characteristics of this implant technique:
- It is safe, more effective, and versatile.
- Affordable as compared to other bone replacement surgeries.
- The material that acts like an artificial platform can be easily cut into any shape that fits the bone defect.