Over 25 percent of patients who undergo surgery for nerve injuries experience complications from scar tissue and infections. Less than 50 percent of patients recover full motor and sensory function after a peripheral nerve injury.
The Biodegradable Drug-Delivering Nerve Conduit aims to improve patient outcomes by regenerating nerves. A drug reservoir is attached to a biodegradable conduit that acts as a bridge between damaged and healthy nerves. It allows impulses to reach the damaged nerves and preserves muscle function. This technology also offers unique adaptability. It is able to release a variety of different proteins or small molecules and can also titrate drugs into a patient as necessary without a complete redesign of the technology.