Biomaterial used successfully for bone implants in Cuba

UPDATED: 14:00, June 23, 2007

Cuban researchers have successfully used coralline biomaterial for the reconstruction of bone tissue in maxillofacial, orthopedic and traumatology surgeries, the Cuban daily Granma reported on Friday.

The life quality of some 18 patients needing implants to reconstruct bone tissue in the past 12 years has improved using Cuban biomaterial "Porous Coralline HAP-200," the daily reported.

Ramon Gonzalez, director of National Scientific Chemistry Research Center, said in an article carried by the daily that the HAP-200 is highly compatible as a bone implant in maxillofacial, orthopedic and traumatology surgeries.

This product has chemical and morphological similarities with the osseous structure of bone and is elaborated by the research center specialists using types of coral found in the sea beds off Cuba, Gonzalez added.

The coral formed by calcium carbonate is transformed into calcium phosphate, the main inorganic component of bone.

Gonzalez said this coralline material has also been used in over 1,000 integrated ocular implants as the main support for eye protheses.

This biomaterial is used in over 60 Cuban health institutions and the research center's HAP-200 production capability meets the national demand, he said.

Source: Xinhua


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