Promising Recent Nanotechnology Applications in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Author(s): Anas Eid, Jon P. Ver Halen

Journal Name: Current Nanomedicine
(Formerly Recent Patents on Nanomedicine)

Volume 6 , Issue 1 , 2016

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Background: Cosmetic and reconstructive surgery relies extensively on the complex relationship between skin, soft tissue and the underlying bone skeleton. Soft tissue loss and acquired soft tissue deficits are some of the daily challenges faced by the plastic surgeon. Fat grafting has become one of the standard lines of care that has various applications in plastic surgery treatments. The ability of adipose stem cells to rejuvenate tissues is promising for plastic surgery. Bone disorders, including infection and poor healing, pose vexing problems to the reconstructive surgeon. Vascular surgery is a technique necessary for the reconstruction of the most challenging surgical defects, and has great potential for improvement through technology.

Methods: We performed a structured search of all recent United States Patents with reference to plastic and reconstructive surgery. Two investigators then reviewed all patents with specific applications to plastic and reconstructive surgery, and regenerative medicine.

Results: Eight specific patents were included for review in this article.

Conclusion: Recent patents discussed in this article demonstrate promise to dramatically improve a number of specific patient conditions. Nanoscale refinements of current techniques may offer more efficient and improved surgical and non-surgical approaches for reconstruction. Such refinements will significantly expand our capabilities for innovative reconstructive interventions, with high efficiency, specificity and minimal invasiveness.

Keywords: Bone reconstruction, fat graft vascular surgery, nanotechnology, patent, plastic and reconstructive surgery.

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Year: 2016
Published on: 03 March, 2016
Page: [13 - 20]
Pages: 8
DOI: 10.2174/1877912306999160122155918

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