Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why should I use a nanofiber scaffold?
Nanofiber scaffolds enable treatment and repair of previously difficult or impossible to repair injuries. They also promote faster and better healing through re-vascularization and enhanced tissue regeneration.
Q: What is the biggest drawback of your nanofiber scaffolds?
They cost more than other alternatives. We think they are worth it because of the enhanced rate of healing, better surgical outcomes and ability to repair previously impossible to repair injuries, but you will have to decide for yourself. Their cost reflects the amount of custom engineering that goes into each scaffold. We adjust fiber diameters, alignments, tensile strength, degradation rates and number of layers for each type of tissue we are replicating and we are working at a scale that is 1,000 times smaller than a human hair. You can imagine the equipment and the knowledge to do this doesn't come cheap.
Q: What is a nanofiber?
A nanofiber is a fiber with a diameter in the nanometer scale to designed to mimic the fibers found naturally in your body in its extracellular matrix.
Q: What is so special about nanofiber scaffolds?
Nanofiber scaffolds manage cellular adhesion and growth to promote faster and better healing through revascularization and tissue regeneration. They also enable treatment and repair of previously difficult or impossible to repair injuries. In mimicking the extracellular matrices found naturally in the body, nanofibers may be used instead of allografts and autografts. Additionally, in many ways, such as with the physical properties, nanofibers can perform better. There is no risk of adding infection, and there is minimal immune response. We engineer alignment, diameter, and physical properties of the fibers for products that perform consistently.
Q: Can your scaffolds cause infections?
No. Unlike biologic scaffolds, which start out in microbe rich environments (typically pigs) and have to be de-cellularized and sterilized, our scaffolds are made from sterile synthetic materials.
Q: How does the body accept nanofibers?
Due to the size and alignment of the fibers our nanofiber scaffolds, coupled with the fact that they are fully synthetic and, therefore, contain no biologic matter, the body accepts them with little to no immune response. Immunosuppressants are not required.
Q: What is the benefit of using synthetic nanofibers versus biologic scaffolds?
In using 100% synthetic nanofibers, there is no biologic material to get contaminated and cause immune response.
Q: What are the alternatives to using nanofiber scaffolds?
Extracellular matrix derived from porcine bladders, porcine small intestinal submucosa, other synthetic meshes, autografts, allografts and doing nothing.