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Title: Method for fusing bone

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:
 [1];  [2];  [1];  [1]
  1. (Los Alamos, NM)
  2. (Velarde, NM)
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
870332
Assignee:
Regents of University of California (Alameda, CA) LANL
Patent Number(s):
US 5498259
Contract Number:
W-7405-ENG-36
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Los Alamos, NM
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
method; fusing; bone; joining; hard; tissue; chemically; removing; mineral; matrix; layer; surfaces; joined; placing; bones; heating; joint; electromagnetic; radiation; goal; produce; full-strength; weld; example; cortical; tibia; sufficient; strength; hold; halves; registration; external; fixative; devices; applied; stabilize; segments; normal; healing; processes; restore; electromagnetic radiation; sufficient strength; fusing bone; /606/128/607/