Mechanically Functional Scaffold Technology
Articular cartilage in our knees acts as a shock absorber and
provides load bearing capabilities. It is usually two to five
millimetres thick in humans, and has a smooth surface that reduces
friction levels when one bone is in contact with the other. Cartilage is
uniquely able to absorb mechanical shocks, distribute the applied load
evenly to the underlying bone and enable frictionless articulation and
Cell transplants, such as ACI alone are not mechanically functional. Appropriate
biodegradable scaffolds, in which the cells are dispersed, can have mechanical
properties that will allow patients to put their full weight on the treated joint, soon after implantation.
Our founder scientists have developed a bio-degradable, load bearing, Mechanically Functional Scaffold (MFS). Use of MFS allows much more rapid load bearing and therefore shorter rehabilitation time for the patient. The properties of MFS allow for 90% of the scaffold to have resorbed within 12 months post implantation.
The combination of CRT and MFS provides substantial advantages to orthopaedic surgeons, patients and healthcare providers. These benefits are achieved by use of a single surgical procedure to effect hyaline cartilage formation and shorter rehabilitation time, as a result of the use of the proprietary scaffold.