Researchers affiliated with the University of Toronto and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre have invented a flexible bone stabilization device that promises to help improve the treatment of craniomaxillofacial (CMF) fractures — or fractures around the head and face. Referred to as BoneTape, the device is currently undergoing pre-clinical testing in hopes of improving CMF reconstruction.

Traumatic CMF fractures commonly occur due to road accidents, sports incidents, and war-related injuries. The thin and geometrically complex bones and soft tissues of the head and face, as well as the difficult cosmetic approaches of current treatment options, makes these injuries difficult to treat.

BoneTape: gluing the broken pieces back together