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What is this?

Bioimplantable device for reconstructive shoulder surgery in the form of a snowflake, with eight short and eight long projections from a center ring, machine embroidered in white and blue polyester with the base cloth dissolved for a lace-like effect.

Why is this in our collection?

This embroidered medical device is an unconventional collaboration between physicians and embroidery designers, combining textile engineering with the life sciences. The technique of machine embroidery on dissolvable substrate, long used to produce machine-made lace, is employed here to embroider surgical devices from suture thread. The CAD program used to create new embroidery designs is used in conjunction with advanced medical imaging technologies to generate customized implants that mimic natural fibrous arrays, such as ligaments. The device is manufactured in the form of a snowflake, with eight short and eight long projections from a center ring, machine embroidered in white and blue polyester with the... more

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