A polymer-based solution for repairing fractures in osteoporotic bones
Repair of bone fractures is conventionally carried out using screws and plates. However, the bones of patients with osteoporosis are very fragile, requiring alternative solutions. To improve bone implant stability, the EU-funded NAS project has developed a novel technology that assists the fixation of screws to osteoporotic bones. The technology includes an inert polymer sleeve that solidifies by ultrasound and serves as an anchorage of the screw to the native bone. Apart from offering enhanced bone stabilisation, the NAS solution is bioresorbable and does not require removal once the bone has healed. Besides orthopaedics, it can also find application in maxillofacial surgery and sports medicine.
Fields of science
- H2020-EU.2.1.2. - INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies – Nanotechnologies Main Programme
- H2020-EU.2.1.5. - INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies - Advanced manufacturing and processing
- H2020-EU.2.1.3. - INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies - Advanced materials
- H2020-EU.2.3.1. - Mainstreaming SME support, especially through a dedicated instrument
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