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BACKGROUND CONTEXT Polyetheretherketone (PEEK) cages have been widely used during the past decade in patients with degenerative disorders of the cervical spine. Their radiolucency and low elastic modulus make them attractive attributes for spinal fusion compared with titanium and bone graft. Still, limitations are seen such as pseudoarthrosis, subsidence,(More)
Type 2 (non-insulin-dependent) diabetes mellitus is characterised by hyperglycaemia, peripheral insulin resistance, impaired insulin secretion and pancreatic islet amyloid formation. The major constituent of islet amyloid is islet amyloid polypeptide (amylin). Islet amyloid polypeptide is synthesized by islet beta cells and co-secreted with insulin. The(More)
The use of fluorochromes in bone research is a widely accepted technique that dates back to the 1950s. Several pioneers, such as Harold Frost, have thoroughly investigated the potential of fluorochrome use for the study on bone formation and bone remodeling dynamics. Since the development of bone tissue engineering, a renewed interest in the benefits of(More)
In this paper, we discuss the current knowledge and achievements on bone tissue engineering with regard to spinal fusion and highlight the technique that employs hybrid constructs of porous scaffolds with bone marrow stromal cells. These hybrid constructs potentially function in a way comparable to the present golden standard, the autologous bone graft,(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of implant location on bone formation in goats using autologous bone marrow-derived stromal cells in porous calcium phosphate scaffolds. Intramuscular locations were compared to posterolateral spine fusion locations in eight goats. As scaffolds, we used biphasic calcium phosphate porous blocks of 5 x 5 x 5(More)
Alternatives to the use of autologous bone as a bone graft in spine surgery are needed. The purpose of this study was to examine tissue-engineered bone constructs in comparison with control scaffolds without cells in a posterior spinal implantation model in rats. Syngeneic bone marrow cells were cultured in the presence of bone differentiation factors and(More)
The mal-positioning of total hip arthroplasty components can result in edge loading conditions. Purpose of this study was to determine if the wear rate of ceramic-on-ceramic and metal-on-polyethylene increases under edge loading conditions. The literature was reviewed to determine which of the commonly used hip bearings is the most forgiving to implant(More)
BACKGROUND Monoblock acetabular components used in uncemented total hip arthroplasty (THA) have certain mechanical characteristics that potentially reduce acetabular osteolysis and polyethylene wear. However, the degree to which they achieve this goal is not well documented. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES The purpose of this study was to use a systematic review of(More)
BACKGROUND Polyetheretherketone (PEEK) cages have been widely used in the treatment of lumbar degenerative disc disorders, and show good clinical results. Still, complications such as subsidence and migration of the cage are frequently seen. A lack of osteointegration and fibrous tissues surrounding PEEK cages are held responsible. Ceramic implants made of(More)
BACKGROUND Total hip arthroplasty (THA) is named the most successful surgical procedure of the twentieth century. To remain a success in the twenty-first century THA should meet the higher demands of patients and society with regard to technical and functional outcome, costs and implant survival. To meet these demands optimal acetabular cup positioning is(More)