From helping patients with knee and hip injuries to sutures that aid in wound healing, the use of biomaterials in medicine is extensive. A biomaterial appointment with us might be just what you need for overall wellness. Here’s what to know about biomaterials and their benefits for regenerative medicine.
What are Biomaterials?
Biomaterials are synthetic or naturally-derived materials commonly used in regenerative medicine to help in the healing of body tissues and organs. There are three main kinds of biomaterials used in medicine today:
- Those used outside the body such as catheters and artificial skin
- Those that are impacted such as hip and knee replacements, as well as cardiovascular devices like pacemakers
- Temporary implants, such as those used in stem-cell-derived tissue engineering, degradable sutures, or arterial stents
Biomaterials can be made up of living cells, or they can be made from plastic, metal, ceramic, polymers, or glass. They can be used to monitor certain body organs and functions, deliver drugs to specific cells within your body, or to regenerate living tissue. Common biomaterials include hip joint replacements, artificial joints, dental implants, sutures, heart valves, regenerated human tissues, and contact lenses.
What Are the Benefits of Biomaterials?
There are multiple benefits to using biomaterials in regenerative medicine. Biomaterials can help:
- Facilitate bone growth
- Improve mobility in patients with knee osteoarthritis
- Heal wound quicker in patients with diabetes
- Promote wound healing in burn patients experiencing acute pain
- Treat autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes
What to Expect During a Biomaterial Appointment
The use of biomaterials is quite extensive in medicine today, but if you’ve never been to a biomaterial appointment before, you might be wondering what to expect. A trained physician at Cary Disc Center will begin your intake with a series of comprehensive questions to determine your current health, including levels of pain and other medical conditions.
Depending on the severity of your symptoms or illness, your procedure may be invasive and require several months of recovery before you start to see a difference in mobility and wellness. It just depends on how your body responds to treatment.
For more information about biomaterials, contact Cary Disc Center at (847) 639-0010.