- Start of the project : 01-01-18
- End of project : 31-12-22
Bioresorbable knitted yarns and meshes for the treatment of genital prolapse.
Genital prolapse is a medical problem that concerns one woman in three, i.e. more than 2 million women in Belgium and the region Hauts-de-France alone. The most affected patients (60%) are women over 60 years of age.
The physical consequences are a nuisance for the patients (incontinence, constipation, pain during sexual intercourse), but also their social life is strongly affected. Handicapped by prolapse, these women lose mobility and the taboo surrounding the subject accentuates the loss of self-esteem.
Surgical care is becoming more and more common, but current solutions are poorly adapted to this specific problem.
The PROBIOMESH project aims to develop a new textile solution perfectly adapted to this problem of genital prolapse.
The object of this collaboration is the realisation of semi-resorbable textile reinforcement implants for the treatment of genital prolapse. Existing devices are currently unsuitable and too rigid. These implants are in fact derived from those used in visceral surgery (hernia) and have not been the subject of any specific development, particularly with regard to their mechanical properties. The result is numerous failures and recurrences and on the other hand, irritations and discomfort in many patients. The treatment of genital prolapse therefore remains a health issue, in particular because of the problems of tolerance of existing devices due in particular to the inadequacy of the mechanical behaviour of the reinforcements in relation to the mechanical behaviour of the surrounding living tissue.
The PROBIOMESH project brings together cross-disciplinary and cross-border operators in the field of medical sciences, polymers and textile processes to propose new solutions for these patients.
Objectives and missions of Materia Nova
Within the consortium, Materia Nova carries out the preparation of spinnable and bioresorbable formulations by reactive extrusion.