Indiana Patent of the Month – August 2023

Articular cartilage lines the bony surfaces of joints – particularly the knee and hip. Surgical advancements in repairing damaged or diseased articular cartilage have been a pressing need in the medical field. BioPoly, LLC, advanced material developers, has developed a partial joint resurfacing implant that aims to support this medical need.

The implant was designed for repairing articular cartilage defect sites, boasting a top articulating portion with an engagement surface, an articulating surface, and a locking mechanism. The implant’s construction allows for maximum defect coverage while minimizing the removal of host bone and cartilage.

Articular cartilage defects have historically been challenging to treat, and conventional techniques often yield unsatisfactory results. With BioPoly’s revolutionary approach, patients can now experience a smooth, lubricious, and hydrophilic load-bearing surface with a modulus less than traditional metals. This innovative implant is easily inserted by skilled surgeons with minimal tissue removal, resulting in a less involved rehabilitation schedule and ultimately restoring joint kinematics.

The implant’s advanced design ensures accurate and precise placement, effectively resurfacing the defective area. By incorporating a locking mechanism on the supporting plate, it securely couples with a second locking mechanism on the top articulating portion. This pairing facilitates optimal defect coverage and articulation while minimizing damage to the opposing cartilage surface.

Traditional knee prostheses and metal implants have presented limitations due to mismatched properties and invasive implantation procedures. With BioPoly’s implant, these concerns are addressed, providing a resurfacing system that delivers improved clinical outcomes.

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