Could 3D-Printed ‘Bone Bricks’ End Amputation? – ENGINEERING

These ‘bone bricks’ are pieced together to fill the gap caused by missing bone. (Image courtesy of The Conversation.)

 
Researchers at the University of Manchester have developed 3D-printed ‘bone bricks’ as a cost-effective method of repairing shattered limbs that are a result of blast explosions. These bone bricks are designed to click together like Lego bricks, creating a personalized fit for blast victims at a time of critical need at Syrian refugee camps.

Thousands of bomb blast survivors suffer jagged bone breaks which are almost impossible to fix. Lacking access to sophisticated orthopedic surgery at fully equipped hospitals, refugees are limited to infection-ridden camps with often untrained medics, making amputation the most likely outcome. Experts estimate that 100,000 Syrians have been affected by significant bone loss to date, resulting in over 30,000 amputations. Prosthetics are not available or suitable for every amputee.

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