A team of scientists has created a degradable implant which has a lot of potential to improve surgical success rates.
According to researchers in Oxford, the protective patch, which wraps round soft tissue repairs, will be help patients with shoulder injuries, but sometime later can also benifit patients with other conditions including arthritis, hernias and heart defects, the BBC reported.
AdvertisementThe researchers led by Professor Andrew Carr have developed the implant using a mix of modern and ancient technology.
One side of the patch is made of resilient woven material, to help it withstand the stresses of movement after surgery, and the other side is made of thread spun a hundred times finer than human hair.
Its surface encourages cells to grip and bond, as they would naturally in a much younger patient.
Carr, who led the research project to improve the success rate and ensure a quicker recovery, said the results in laboratory tests have been encouraging, and they hope to start clinical trials in patients soon.