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Title: Method for fusing bone

The present invention is a method for joining hard tissue which includes chemically removing the mineral matrix from a thin layer of the surfaces to be joined, placing the two bones together, and heating the joint using electromagnetic radiation. The goal of the method is not to produce a full-strength weld of, for example, a cortical bone of the tibia, but rather to produce a weld of sufficient strength to hold the bone halves in registration while either external fixative devices are applied to stabilize the bone segments, or normal healing processes restore full strength to the tibia.
Inventors:
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Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
203885
Assignee:
Univ. of California, Alameda, CA (United States) PTO; SCA: 550600; PA: EDB-96:061528; SN: 96001559468
Patent Number(s):
US 5,498,259/A/
Application Number:
PAN: 8-221,422
Contract Number:
W-7405-ENG-36
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 12 Mar 1996
Research Org:
University of California
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
55 BIOLOGY AND MEDICINE, BASIC STUDIES; BONE JOINTS; HEATING; STABILIZATION; SKELETAL DISEASES; THERAPY; ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION; THERAPEUTIC USES; SKELETON; BONE TISSUES

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