Metal fixtures are the norm in surgery–but scientists may have found a safer, more durable way to mend broken bones. A new study shows that silk can be used to secure bone material, providing an alternative to traditional devices.
While silk has been used before in sponges, fibers and foams, this marks one of the first times scientists have used the material to create a functioning medical device, The Telegraph reported. Researchers from Tufts University and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center found that metal structures could lead to an increased risk of infection and complication, and that the stiff material could cause additional stress to the bone.
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