A photopolymerized composite hydrogel and surgical implanting tool for a nucleus pulposus replacement

Schmocker, Andreas; Khoushabi, Azadeh; Frauchiger, Daniela Angelika; Gantenbein, Benjamin; Schizas, Constantin; Moser, Christophe; Bourban, Pierre-Etienne; Pioletti, Dominique P (2016). A photopolymerized composite hydrogel and surgical implanting tool for a nucleus pulposus replacement. Biomaterials, 88, pp. 110-119. Elsevier 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2016.02.015

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Nucleus pulposus replacements have been subjected to highly controversial discussions over the last 40 years. Their use has not yet resulted in a positive outcome to treat herniated disc or degenerated disc disease. The main reason is that not a single implant or tissue replacement was able to withstand the loads within an intervertebral disc. Here, we report on the development of a photo-polymerizable poly(ethylene glycol)dimethacrylate nano-fibrillated cellulose composite hydrogel which was tuned according to native tissue properties. Using a customized minimally-invasive medical device to inject and photopolymerize the hydrogel insitu, samples were implanted through an incision of 1 mm into an intervertebral disc of a bovine organ model to evaluate their long-term performance. When implanted into the bovine disc model, the composite hydrogel implant was able to significantly re-establish disc height after surgery (p < 0.0025). The height was maintained after 0.5 million loading cycles (p < 0.025). The mechanical resistance of the novel composite hydrogel material combined with the minimally invasive implantation procedure into a bovine disc resulted in a promising functional orthopedic implant for the replacement of the nucleus pulposus.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Institute for Surgical Technology & Biomechanics ISTB [discontinued]

UniBE Contributor:

Frauchiger, Daniela Angelika, Gantenbein, Benjamin


500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health








Benjamin Gantenbein

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10 May 2016 15:40

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05 Dec 2022 14:54

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

Medical device; Minimally invasive surgery; Nano-cellulose fibers; Orthopedic implant; Photopolymerization; poly(ethylene-glycol)dimethacrylate





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