biomedical textiles, specializing in braided and
nonwoven components for medical devices.
Lifesaving Biomedical Textiles: Braiding Technologies for Medical Devices
Biomedical textiles are specialized materials that are safe for often-permanent implantation in the human body as components of medical devices. Formulated to combine biocompatibility that facilitates better healing with the mechanical properties that varying medical applications require, biomedical textiles are used in all areas of medicine, from general surgery and orthopedic procedures to cardiovascular and neurovascular implants.
Biomedical Textiles for Cardiovascular Implants
Recent innovations in the cardiovascular field have been driven by new advances in minimally invasive surgical technologies. Biomedical textiles are often preferred for designing new cardiovascular devices because of requirements driven by use of small catheters to deliver devices through vascular access points. Improvements in braiding technology enable medical device engineers to design smaller, more complex devices that fit into smaller delivery systems and can be deployed to repair structural heart defects, or to capture and remove thrombogenic debris ejected during vascular surgeries. Implantable raw material options for cardiovascular implant designs predominantly include polymeric yarns, shape-memory alloy materials such as nitinol and combinations of yarns, wires and/ or coating materials. These biomaterials can be braided into biomedical textiles and then shaped into innovative cardiovascular devices. Assistance with optimal selection of critical Biomaterials, is one of the top reasons medical device customers contact US BioDesign.
Biomedical Textiles for Neurovascular Interventions
There continues to be a lot of new technologies being developed for surgical interventions to treat stroke patients. Miniature devices are guided via micro-catheters to areas of the brain affected by stroke. Neurovascular biomedical textiles are the perfect solution for these procedures. Individual fibers or wires as thin as a few hundred micrometers in diameter are braided together to create implantable medical textiles for use in stenting, stroke thrombosis, embolization, intracranial angioplasty, aneurysm therapy and other neurovascular interventions.
Biomedical Textiles for Orthopedic Procedures
Biomedical textiles are critical to orthopedic procedures and can help patients heal faster, recover maximum range of motion, and maintain comfortable movement. Braided medical textiles provide high strength, excellent flexibility, and help preserve a better range of motion than other implantable material options. Orthopedic biomedical textiles have excellent versatility for use in many types of orthopedic surgeries including repairs to rotator cuffs, shoulders, elbows, hands, wrists, hips, knees, feet, ankles, tendons, and ligaments.
Biomedical Textiles for General Surgery
According to the American College of Surgeons, “"General Surgery" is a discipline of surgery having a central core of knowledge embracing anatomy, physiology, metabolism, immunology, nutrition, pathology, wound healing, shock and resuscitation, intensive care, and neoplasia, which are common to all surgical specialties.
A general surgeon has specialized knowledge and experience related to the diagnosis, preoperative, operative, and postoperative management, including the management of complications, in nine primary components of surgery, all of which are essential to the education of a broadly based surgeon:
- Alimentary tract
- Abdomen and its contents
- Breast, skin, and soft tissue
- Head and neck, including trauma, vascular, endocrine, congenital and oncologic disorders - particularly tumors of the skin, salivary glands, thyroid, parathyroid, and the oral cavity
- Vascular system, excluding the intracranial vessels and heart
- Endocrine system, including thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, and endocrine pancreas
- Surgical oncology, including coordinated multimodality management of the cancer patient by screening, surveillance, surgical adjunctive therapy, rehabilitation, and follow-up
- Comprehensive management of trauma, including musculoskeletal, hand, and head injuries. The responsibility for all phases of care of the injured patient is an essential component of general surgery.
- Complete care of critically ill patients with underlying surgical conditions, in the emergency room, intensive care unit, and trauma/burn units”
To meet the widely varying needs of these surgeons, biomedical textiles are designed to perform the function(s) needed by the surgeon, and then tested and approved for biocompatibility. When a surgical repair requires a device that is strong, flexible and/ or conformable, then biomedical textiles can provide excellent options for incorporation into these devices. Additionally, biomedical textiles for general surgery can be also designed for bio-stability or biodegradability based on selection of critical raw materials during the device design phase. US BioDesign can assist by providing braided medical textile solutions for many minor and major surgical procedures.
Biomedical Textile Solutions for Your Application
US BioDesign is a global leader in custom braided nitinol components. We specialize in understanding the science of working with nitinol, so that we can provide input and guidance to medical device engineers throughout all phases of a development project.
Our engineering team will work closely with you to develop a unique solution that meets your requirements, and where feasible, strengthens your patent position. We maintain strict confidentiality of all customer designs and product information. We are ISO 13485:2003 registered.
US BioDesign’s manufacturing capabilities, technical expertise, and a strong commitment to customer service enable us to provide superior product quality with quick turnaround times and fair, competitive pricing. Our experience in sourcing and qualifying critical biocompatible materials for raw components can help speed the qualification phase of your development project. Biomedical textiles from US BioDesign consistently meet or exceed customer requirements.