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3D Printing Ligaments and Tendons

3D Printing Ligaments and Tendons

Written by David

November 16, 2018

Researchers at the University of Utah have developed a 3D bioprinting method for creating ligaments and tendons out of the patient’s own cells. Researchers are trying to make things easier on people who damage ligaments and tendons by 3D bioprinting the tissue using patients’ own cells to help speed their recovery. A team at the University of Utah has developed a method to 3D print cells to produce this type of human tissue by taking stem cells from the patient’s own body fat and printing them on a layer of hydrogel to form a tendon or ligament, said University of Utah biomedical engineering assistant professor Robby Bowles. They then grow the cells in vitro in a culture before implanting them in a patient, he said in a University of Utah press release . “It will allow patients to receive replacement tissues without additional surgeries and without having to harvest […]


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