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New technologies for knee surgeries

Knee ligament injuries often require surgical reconstruction using a new graft. In spite the high number of this type of surgery globally, there is a significant proportion of error involved, often causing chronic problems.
New technologies for knee surgeries
An SME based in Israel can now offer a new solution to overcome the shortcomings of the current technologies. The novel approach employs a minimally invasive technique that anchors the knee ligament to the femur and tibia bones. One of the key advantages of this technology is that the pressure applied to the graft is even and constant. Further advantages include minimal number of sutures to the graft and improved healing times.

The Push n' Pull technology enables evenly compressing of the ligament graft resulting in uniform contact between the graft and the bone. This is in contrast with commercially available products which apply a pressure gradient on the graft, often slowing down healing rates.

The developers of the technology are seeking to form a collaborative agreement with an industrial partner, able to manufacture the final product and further develop the technology. The financial returns could be significant, given that there is still an unmet medical need in this field, for a long-term reliable solution. A prototype is ready for demonstration purposes and patents covering the technology are pending.

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Record Number: 83047 / Last updated on: 2006-11-20
Domain: Biology, Medicine