April 23, 2020 / By Nancy Crotti
Orthopedic OEMs are looking to medical textiles for minimally invasive approaches to applications ranging from soft-tissue tears to bone grafts to spinal stabilization and more.
Jeffrey M. Koslosky, Cortland Biomedical
In the orthopedic sector, demographics are noticeably shifting toward younger and more physically active surgical patients. Soft-tissue injuries, including damage to the ligaments and tendons commonly associated with sports injuries amongst a younger generation of patients, are becoming increasingly common.
This phenomenon dovetails with the trend away from large-scale surgeries and toward earlier intervention with less-invasive devices to reduce hospital stays and recovery times. Preservation of the patient’s range of motion and natural movement is a primary objective, particularly when it comes to spinal injuries.
Medical device OEMs in this highly competitive orthopedic space are adapting by looking to medical textiles to offer minimally invasive approaches for applications including soft-tissue tears, bone grafts and spinal stabilization, to name a few.