My world has been rocked. Big time. I’m currently babying an artificial hip I’ve had for over 16 years now. I’m not elderly either. Not by any stretch of the imagination. So, any advance in joint replacement is going to grab my full attention. No advances to report just yet, but I’m left breathless by a vision of the future described HERE.
In summary… Five European universities have joined forces to focus on 3D applications in joint replacement. Ideas they’re tossing around? Oh, you know…
- Implants customized to individual patient anatomy and needs.
- Implants designed to promote the growth of new bone cells.
- Implants with an antibacterial coating. OMG!
- A biodegradable implant that would be absorbed by the body as new tissue generates.
So, basically in the long-term doctors could replace my hip joint with what would become… my hip joint. What begins as artificial would literally grow into a real hip.
That scientists are able to envision the path to this future blows my mind. I intend to keep my enthusiasm in check by repeating the Paul Saffo mantra…
Never mistake a clear view for a short distance.