3D printed bone implants could eliminate need for amputations

Tara Shabab – PhD candidate, Queensland University of Technology

Patients could be saved from having their limbs amputated by replacing damaged bones with antibiotic coated 3D printed implants.

Researchers at Queensland University of Technology’s Centre in Regenerative Medicine are advancing this new technology by tailoring it to the specific needs of each patient.

They have improved how cells stick to the implant, which improves the growth of new bone.

“By coating the implants with antibiotics, we can also prevent infection where the implants are inserted,” says Tara Shabab. “This reduces complications and bring this technology one step closer to doctors’ surgeries.”  

Written by Tara Shabab and edited by Econnect Communication.

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