Walter Michaeli

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OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to develop a short bioresorbable ureteric stent and to characterize polymers and their surface modifications with respect to biocompatibility, degradation kinetics, cell adhesion properties, and incorporation of biologically active substances. Poly(D,L-lactide) PDLLA, poly(D,L-lactide-co-glycolide) PDLLA-co-GLY, and(More)
In medical engineering, degradable polymers represent an attractive alternative for conventional materials to be used as implants in the body. They are used as drug deliveries or as plates and screws to fix broken bones. Since they are completely broken down by the human body, the second operation, which is generally required, can be avoided. A central(More)
AIM The aim of this study was to assess technical feasibility, biocompatibility, and impact on coronary stenosis of a new biodegradable paclitaxel-loaded polylactide stent. Due to high rates of in-stent restenosis and permanent nature of metal stent implants, synthetic polymers have been proposed as surrogate materials for stents and local delivery systems(More)
The aim of the present study was to develop a short bioresorbable ureteric stent and to characterize the chosen polymers with respect to surface modification, biocompatibility, and loading of a biologically active compound. As materials for the stent, poly(D,L-lactide) and poly(D,L-lactide-co-glycolide) were chosen. Degradation experiments were carried out(More)
A recently developed biodegradable system made of DL-polylactic acid (DL-PLA) for internal fixation of non-weight-bearing bones of the craniofacial skeleton was investigated. The plates were used for rigid fixation of experimental nasal bone fractures in 20 New Zealand white rabbits. In addition, prebent plates were placed in subcutaneous pockets in the(More)
The mechanical loading of the leaflets of a polyurethane blood pump valve at closing pressure (max 300 mmHg) and during the opening phase can be numerically calculated by the finite element method. Geometrical and physical non-linearities, supporting forces by neighbouring leaflets and manufacturing-related thickness distribution are taken into account. The(More)
A series of studies were designed to assess the potential of biodegradable DL-polylactic acid (DL-PLA) plates and screws for use in craniofacial surgery. We report on computed tomography (CT) scanning for visualization and postoperative follow-up and the short-term degradation sequelae of a biodegradable plate and screw system in an experimental animal(More)
Biodegradable plates and screws have many advantages over metal plates and screws. Plates were injection-molded and made of DL-polylactic acid. Four-hole plates were bent with the use of a heated tip to angles of 30, 45, and 60 degrees. They were inserted in the subcutaneous space in the back of rabbits. After 2 weeks, the plates straightened, suggesting(More)