A readily available 3D-printed hyperelastic bone could have important applications in reconstructive skull surgeries.
In a study carried out by researchers at Northwestern and the University of Illinois, the hyperelastic bone was used to reconstruct bone defects in lab rats. When compared to using the animal’s own bone (autologous), the hyperelastic bone offered 65 percent effectiveness after 12 weeks. Although proving to be a bit less effective than the animal’s bone, the 3D printed hyperelastic bone has the advantage of being easily and painlessly obtained.
According to Dr. Ramille N. Shah, PhD, "Hyperelastic bone has significant potential to be translated to craniofacial reconstructive surgery, where the need for cost-effective bone replacement grafts is enormous.”
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