About this Research Topic
The use of bioengineering technology is increasingly shaping the world of surgery by providing solutions to a number of historical problems. From increased precision via the use of 3D printing, to regenerative strategies via the use of cells bioprinting, bioengineering provides the scope for new horizons in surgery. While most of bioengineering potential solutions to surgical problems are still in a pilot study phase, we are commencing to see a shift towards translational approaches. Furthermore, a number of bioengineering solutions for testing the effectiveness of surgery, for example the use of tensioning devices or wearables, are currently employed and hold the promise of improving the outcome of surgical procedures such as joint prostheses.
Bioengineering has the potential to substantially enhance the quality of, approaches to and treatment for surgical implants, by providing precision, measurability and feedback. In addition to this, bioengineering can drive surgery to true personalised medicine, by using autologous cells within a bioengineered device, to regenerate organs or tissues.
This Research Topic serves as the platform for a comprehensive state-of-the-art update of these cutting-edge technologies, accumulating evidence for their utility in all fields of surgery, and to present original recent advancements in this field.
We welcome surgeons, tissue engineering researchers and engineers in the field of biomedicine, biomechanics and nanotechnology to publish their experience and research including, but not limited to, the following topics:
• Improving preoperative planning, intraoperative workflow, surgical guidance and monitoring.
• Potential for personalized medicine, by using advanced bioengineering techniques, including 3D printing and bioprinting, advanced tissue engineering and biofabrication.
This Research Topic will seek to communicate and advance these new techniques in an intersection of surgical, engineering, and research specialties, with a specific view on translational capability and applicability in the field of surgery, including ethics, translational hurdles such as infrastructure development and regulatory aspects in bench to bed translation.
Keywords: Bioengineering, biofabrication, tissue engineering, 3D modelling, bioprinting
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