What is it about?
Tissue Engineering is very intruiging and promising: starting from autologous cells procured from a biopsy in clinical patients we aim to subsequently seed these cells in a 3D printed scaffold to generate ' off the shelf' noses, ears, windpipes. Aim ? to use these 'generated tissues' in daily clinics to restore defects after burns, trauma and after tumor resection. Fascinating indeed, but how realistic is this concept of tissue engineering ? what are the hurdlestones that keep reconstructive surgeons of using it in daily clinical care ? What brings the near future ?
Why is it important?
Once tissue engineering protocols could bring us ' autlologous ( from once own body) vascularised' (with bloodvessels) tissues , we could heal complex wounds with custom made living tissues and no implants would be needed any longer.
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This page is a summary of: Tissue engineering and surgery: from translational studies to human trials, Innovative Surgical Sciences, June 2017, De Gruyter, DOI: 10.1515/iss-2017-0011.
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