Bioresorbable Polymers Molding
Mar-Lee Medical specializes in the molding of bio-absorbable materials including Polylactic Acid (PLA) and other similar biomedical resins. PLA is a biopolymer made from renewable, natural sources such as corn-starch and sugarcane. Polylactic Acid can be used in place of petroleum-based polymers. There are many applications for this material, including the fairly common absorbable suture, as well as absorbable bone screws and anchors for fixation devices and soft tissue re-attachment. Other applications include implantable stents, devices used in fusion, and structural based applications for the spine and maxillofacial surgical applications. A great number of exciting, clinically advanced products continue to be developed using this evolving technology.
Bioresorbable products offer advantages over the traditional metallic implants because this material provides biomechanical stability with eventual reabsorption, reducing many of the risks posed by traditional components, including loosening, imaging interference, and implant migration/failure requiring surgical absorption removal or replacement. Mar-Lee Medical began with bio-absorbable applications and we continue to use our processing knowledge and PLA expertise to produce components for a number of challenging clinical areas.