478232 Development of Foam-Infused Hydrogels for Nucleus Pulposus Replacement in a Human Spinal Disc

Monday, November 14, 2016
Grand Ballroom B (Hilton San Francisco Union Square)
Ranya Al-Khaledy, Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

Investigating the rheological properties of hydrogel/foam composites under oscillation and compression to compare to bovine nucleus pulposus data for eventual application as a herniated spinal disc replacement. A variety of hydrogels were tested on their own to see which hydrogel had the ideal properties for the application, then a foam was infused into the hydrogel and the composites were examined. The primary concern was perfecting the composite combination of materials and the method to make them which produced the most repeatable and favorable results.

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