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Fracture setting method could replace metal plates

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KTH
Published Jun 24, 2021

A new biocompatible polymer-based composite material could soon replace metal plates in treating difficult and unstable fractures. Developed at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, the newly-developed material is as strong as dental composites yet non-toxic.

The material and a surgical method, which were published in Advanced Functional Materials, will be used in clinical studies in 2023 and 2024, with a focus on hand fractures.

Michael Malkoch , professor of fibre and polymer technology at KTH, says that the material and method, which is called AdhFix, will enable customized plating for fixation of fractures with a more comfortable, less complicated recovery. Collarbone and rib fractures in particular are ideally suited for the proposed treatment, since such injuries are not easy to stabilize. 

Read a longer version of this text by Peter Larsson and David Callahan

Research Article

"Highly Customizable Bone Fracture Fixation through the Marriage of Composites and Screws",
Advanced Functional Materials, doi.org/10.1002/adfm.202105187

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