Surgeons are using a revolutionary implant to help rebuild the faces of children injured in accidents or born with serious defects.
Scientists from The University of Nottingham have teamed up with Russian researchers to create the honeycomb-like polymer which readily bonds with bone without causing adverse reactions.It is currently undergoing clinical trials in Moscow where it has been used on around fifty children aged from eighteen months to 18 years. Among the patients who have undergone surgery are a baby with a jaw tumour and a twelve-year-old girl who had been barely able to open her mouth from birth.
The ‘PolyHap’ implants have been developed by teams led by Professor Steve Howdle at The University of Nottingham, and Dr Vladimir Popov from the Institute of Laser and Information Technology in Troitsk, near Moscow. Their work is described in the current issue of Advanced Materials*. Funding has been provided by the Wellcome Trust, Britain’s biggest biomedical research charity.
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