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Nanotechnology in Tissue Engineering for Orthopaedics
Volume 7, Issue 4

Lesley M. Hamming and Mark G. Hamming

Extraordinary opportunities exist to improve orthopaedic patient care by replacing traditional implants with materials that are biocompatible, biodegradable, and stimulate the regeneration of bone and cartilage. This article gives an overview of the current developments in utilizing nanometer-structured elements in tissue engineering for these aims. The authors discuss tissue scaffolds in general, identify how nanotechnology can further enhance performance, and present the current and future commercialization efforts of this technology. The article includes a review of recent academic research in the regeneration of bone and cartilage using nanometer-structured tissue scaffolds.

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