Scientists at UNSW Sydney in Australia have presented a new method for transplanting printed bones. It assumes a minimum percentage of rejection of new parts of the body.
Researchers in Australia have presented a method in which a new type of hybrid material could allow bone substitutes to be printed directly inside a patient’s body. They are confident that their approach could be crucial on the road to modern bone replacement methods. This process includes the ability to print bone using living cells and without the use of harsh chemicals.
The scientists explained that now the best and most proven method of bone replacement is an autologous graft, in which part of the patient’s bone is taken from another part of the body and transplanted to the site where the graft is required. However, this method results in a high rejection rate.
“This is truly the first example of the integration of ceramic materials that emulate many aspects of bone with living cells. This opens up possibilities for printing the patient’s bones directly in his body, ”the researchers note.
Scientists explain the advantage of this technique by the fact that during the operation, you can take pictures of the desired bone, and then place it in a 3D printer and print it inside the body. This will create a natural bone that will not be torn away.