The U.S. Department of Defense [DOD] has approved a grant of $2 million to the University of Arizona [UA] to advance the development of their technology combining 3D printing and stem cell grafting to create a better alternative to conventional bone replacement. Current standard of care for shattered bones involves using cadaver bones and support rods to replace bones entirely. However, these treatments are often ephemeral since the cadaver bone is dead and becomes increasingly fragile over time. The technique being developed by UA utilizes advanced 3D printing to create a scaffold that mimics the structure of bone and then seeds it with the patient’s own stem cells, along with calcium, to grow a bone that will be sturdier. Since the technique will use the patient’s own stem cells, it virtually eliminates the possibility of rejection.
This treatment will be particularly beneficial for wounded veterans, since shattered bones are common in their line of work. The technique can also improves patients’ quality of life, since physical activity is often limited after bone transplants. “We really want to push the system to run as quickly as possible. We want it to form any kind of bone at all. It doesn’t matter, it could be the crappiest bone on earth, but once it’s there, it will remodel itself…And once it does that, it will adapt to the exercise level of the person,” comments John Szivek, the biomedical engineer at UA who is leading the study.
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