Dyllan Furness 12/3/2018
“My scaffold system has shown promise for regenerating these long segments so a person can get their own bone material back in the damaged location,” he said.
Szivek first began exploring these advanced healing and recovery techniques after his lab “developed a way to anchor newly growing cartilage to small locations of damage in joints using similar but smaller scaffolds.” Later, a trauma surgeon colleague discussed with him the need for alternative treatments that can work for large bone segments.
In pilot studies, Szivek said he has achieved “complete bone formation covering a large bone defect in about three months.” They now aim to speed up the process as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will want to know how the procedure holds up after years before approving the technique.
With support from the DOD, Szivek and his team will now study whether exercise has a positive impact on healing and recovery, using sensors embedded on the 3D implants to track exercise activity.