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Funded Project Details - FY2021

Project Number:

Title: Mechano-active annular repair device for treating disc herniation
Principal Investigator:

Harvey Smith

Location: Philadelphia, PA
Congressional District Code: 3
Research Service: Rehabilitation R&D
Project Period: September 2020 - August 2022
FY 2021 Funding Amount: $99,999
Total Award Amount
(all years):
Abstract: View full abstract and other project information on NIH RePORTER


Symptomatic lumbar disc herniations occur in 0.5 to 2 % of the adult population annually, with a higher incidence in individual exposed to strenuous activities in their work environments, including active duty military personnel. A lumbar microdiscectomy is very effective at addressing the extruded disc fragment and alleviating radicular leg pain. However, there is currently no established method to repair the annular defect. The injured annulus fibrosus has altered mechanical properties, and it...

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