A group of American researchers have created a special 3D-printed silicone contraption that can be used to encourage nerve growth and attachment. These devices contain a number of special biochemical cues that can help promote healthy nerve cell formation. The gadgets have been successfully tested in rats, and could one day be used to improve health conditions of humans.
The entire process takes little more than an hour, although the nerves themselves will require several weeks to grow back.
Nerve damage has always been a particularly challenging condition to treat, due to the sensitive nature of nerves and the risks associated with treatment. These 3D-printed silicone parts could help seriously improve the lives of people suffering from nerve damage. In the future, libraries of nerve scans could be used to create 3D-printed guides for nerve injury sufferers.