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LifeNet Health releases new service to salvage cranial bone flaps

LifeNet Health : 22 August, 2008  (Company News)
LifeNet Health has released the OsteoCleanse Service, a novel method of salvaging cranial bone flaps.
Every year, approximately 30,000 Americans suffer traumatic brain injuries that require the removal of a piece of the skull bone, a life-saving procedure to leave the pressure of brain swelling. These skull bone pieces, also termed cranial bone flaps, can become infected after re-implantation. To date, treatment of these infections has been complicated, difficult, and costly. Often, the only option left for these patients is the replacement of their own cranial bone flap with a prosthesis made from a synthetic or metal.

'LifeNet Health is pleased to offer the OsteoCleanse Service to the medical community. It gives surgeons treating patients who are already severely compromised the ability to re-implant the patient's own bone flap, which has distinct advantages over implanting a synthetic or metal prosthesis. The process behind OsteoCleanse was originally designed to clean donated tissue from deceased donors (allografts); LifeNet Health has now adapted the process to clean and disinfect a person's own tissue (autograft) as well. LifeNet Health's OsteoCleanse Service offers surgeons and their patients a simple, cost-effective, and biocompatible way to reconstruct cranial defects using the patient's own bone,' said Marilyn Gatin, PhD, senior director of Regulatory Affairs at LifeNet Health and OsteoCleanse Project Leader.

LifeNet Health's chief executive officer Rony Thomas explained, 'OsteoCleanse is a unique service that is offered only by LifeNet Health. We developed this service in response to a need voiced to us by neurosurgeons who were unhappy with the cranial bone flap salvage solutions that were available to them and are proud to do our part toward improving the clinical outcome for patients with traumatic brain injuries.'

Since 1995, LifeNet Health has distributed one million bio-implants with no incidence of disease transmission linked to tissue screened and processed using LifeNet Health's proprietary Allowash XG technology.

'Surgeons can depend on us. We offer high-quality, safe bio-implants to save lives and restore health,' stated Thomas.
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