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Development of a metacarpo-phalangeal joint prosthesis

Objective



Rheumatic alterations of the joints in the hand is one of the main reasons for limited mobility and functional loss of the joints in the hand. The affected joints lead to serious disability throughout Europe. Surgical replacement of the affected jont by a prosthetic joint can restore its natural function and mobility. Up to the present there is no adequeatly fucntioning metacarpo-phalangeal joint prosthesis available to the medical community to remedy this problem. The objective of this project is to develop a metacarpo-phalangeal joint prosthesis that allows a natural mobility and fuction of the hand and has a lifetime of at least ten years. To optimize durability and fuction of the prosthesis recent scientific results for adequete fixation of the prosthesis and newly developed techniques to reduce wear of the artificial joint sufaces will be applied

Funding Scheme

EAW - Exploratory awards

Coordinator

Ortomed BV
Address
23,Fruiteniersstraat
3334 KA Zwijndrecht
Netherlands

Participants (1)

BIOMATECH S.A.
France
Address
Rue Pasteur 115, Z.i. L'islon
38670 Chasse Sur Rhone