Following injury, surgical reconstruction of tendons and ligaments often fails to restore nature’s balance of strength and elasticity. This can lead to long recovery times, ongoing pain, loss of function, and long-term issues such as arthritis and deformity. Artelon’s dynamic biomaterial was specifically designed to restore natural strength and elasticity to healing tendons and ligaments - with the goal of getting people back to natural motion, faster and stronger.
Artelon’s strong and elastic technologies provide three key advantages for repair and healing:
Stability and Natural Motion
Doubles the reconstruction strength without altering stiffness (1)
Stretches like natural tendon and ligament
Permits natural motion
Impervious to necrotic breakdown during the early phase of healing
Maintains 90% of its strength and elasticity through the first year of healing (2)
Less inflammatory than common biocompatible materials (titanium, polystyrene, and resorbable suture (3)
Natural Tissue Through Load-Sharing
Matrix promotes load sharing with native tissue which induces biological signaling responsible for tissue regeneration(4)
Integrates and is replaced by regenerated tissue over 4-5 years (2)
1. Gersoff WK et al. Evaluation of a Novel Degradable Synthetic Biomaterial Patch for Augmentation of Tendon Healing in a Large Animal Model. J Knee Surg. 2018 Apr 27.
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3. Liljensten et al. Studies of polyurethane urea bands for ACL reconstruction. J. Biomater. Sci: Materials in Medicine 13 (2002) 351-359
4. Galloway MT1, Lalley AL, Shearn JT. The role of mechanical loading in tendon development, maintenance, injury, and repair. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2013 Sep 4;95(17):1620-8.
Residing at the intersection of biomechanics and biology, Artelon's technologies are uniquely focused on supporting kinematic motion following tendon and ligament reconstruction in the foot and ankle, knee, and shoulder.