Anatomics Pty Ltd announces the world's first uses of the StarPore® polymer tissue scaffold for thoracic reconstructive surgery in Australia, the U.S., the U.K., Singapore, Portugal and New Zealand.
StarPore is a strong, flexible and porous material that allows the body's cells and tissues to grow into it, unlike traditional impermeable implant materials.
Anatomics founder Professor Paul D'Urso said, "custom ribcage reconstruction was a world-first application of the material, which has now revolutionized the way these surgeries are performed to replace and repair people's ribcages that are damaged by trauma, tumors or infection."
Previously surgeons used bone cement and wires to reconstruct the ribcage while the patient was on the operating table.
"StarPore is unique because it becomes 'alive' within weeks, as the patient's own cells grow into the strong, flexible porous scaffold. StarPore is also invisible on x-rays and scans, so that doctors can easily monitor the patient after surgery," Professor D'Urso said.
Anatomics created the world's first 3D-printed ribcage in 2014. The StarPore ribcages have been successfully implanted in 24 patients in Australia, New Zealand, the U.S., Singapore, Portugal and the U.K.
Professor D'Urso said that "Anatomics StarPore has become a standard of care for thoracic reconstruction that will create a platform for innovation in cardiopulmonary research and development. In the future StarPore ribcages may be able to contain advanced electronic monitoring, therapies and telecommunication capabilities."
Source: Anatomics Pty Ltd