Iranian Researcher Grows Bone in Metal for the First Time

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

An Iranian surgeon living in Australia has managed, for the first time, to revolutionize treatment of patients with bone and cartilage diseases by growing bone in a special metal.

Dr. Arash Nabavi, Iranian bone surgeon living in Australia, explained his method during the annual scientific conference of the Australian Society of Osteology and took researchers by surprise.

The process includes using a patient’s bone or donated bone to regenerate the hip joint.
Nobody has ever completed this process in metal prostheses, but he has managed to do it.

This is the first time in the world that a special metal called tantalum has been proven to be capable of accepting bone grafts and growing bone.

Dr. Nabavi is also retired professor of Flinders University and has tested his method successfully on sheep. He is not planning to test the new technology on humans.

The metal is shaped like human bone and enjoys properties like natural bone. Therefore, it mistakes bone graft for an analogous metal and allows the bone to grow.

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