Spongy material helps repair the spine -- MEDICA Trade Fair

Spongy material helps repair the spine

Remember those colorful "grow capsules" that blossom into animal-shaped sponges in water? Using a similar idea, scientists have developed biodegradable polymer grafts that, when surgically placed in damaged vertebrae, should grow to be just the right size and shape to fix the spinal column.

03/14/2016

Photo: A polymer bone graft; Copyright: Lichin Lu

A polymer bone graft (held above in the top gloved hand) can expand in the body to just the right size to replace excised spinal tissue; ©Lichin Lu