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Old 03-16-2010, 01:36 PM
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Look what i found guys ^^

Carbon Clavicle Implanted in Lance Armstrong



X-Ray of Lance Armstrong's (Team Astana) fractured clavicle and the INFORM carbon clavicle implant after his recent surgery.

Lance Armstrong and Bontrager today released more details regarding Armstrong’s recent collarbone surgery. While it was previously reported that Armstrong’s right clavicle was screwed and plated back together after his March 23rd crash at the Castilla y Leon stage race in Spain, Armstrong and equipment sponsor Bontrager, jointly announced that he was the world’s first recipient of an inForm® CarbonClavicle™ Upgrade.

Originally slated to be released at the AAOS (American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeon) Convention May 18-24th in Las Vegas, Bontrager moved up the launch date of the inForm CarbonClavicle to aid the return of Armstrong to the peloton.

“The original intent of the Bontrager inForm line was to use medical research to aid us in creating better cycling contact points, such as saddles, shoes, and grips. But when we did the research into the most common cycling-related injuries, the broken collarbone proved to be an area where we could actually help cyclists get back on the road sooner,” relates John Balmer, head of Bontrager Development.

The CarbonClavicle, available for both left and right shoulders in four male sizes and four WSD (Women’s Specific Design) sizes, is an actual carbon fiber replacement of the clavicle. Developed with the aid of Sports Medicine Specialist Dr. Mark Timmerman, a Bontrager consultant, the inForm CarbonClavicle has greater shock absorption, greater impact strength, and a greater tensile strength—all while being grams lighter than the OEM bone.

“The installation on Armstrong was completely coincidental. But I must admit, the Bontrager marketing team was doing high-fives when we heard about Lance’s crash. It really was a marketing god-send. I mean, could there have been a better way to launch the new Bontrager medical Upgrade line?” explains Chris Clinton, Bontrager Marketing Manager.

The installation procedure is substantially quicker than the conventional collarbone repair procedures of stabilizing, drilling and pinning, as this is a full replacement. Essentially, the broken bone is completely removed and the CarbonClavicle is anchored in place. Armstrong’s procedure took approximately 30 minutes and will reduce his recovery time from 3 weeks, to 5-7 days for the sutures to fully heal.




The delay in releasing details was due to an extended approval process with the UCI, which has now ruled that since this piece is structural yet provides only minor aerodynamic advantage over the traditional ‘bump’ of a healed broken clavicle, it falls with the current parameters of the UCI rules.

Future sponsorship plans include full support and pre-emptive upgrades for the full Trek-Livestrong U23 team. “These guys are early in their careers, and if averages apply to the team, we think we can prevent about ten or more future breaks across the 12 members of the team,” adds Clinton.

Backed by Bontrager’s best-in-industry 5-year warranty, inForm CarbonClavicles will be available through referrals from Trek and Fisher dealers exclusively. Retail prices will be set by the retailer.

For more information, visit Bontrager online at www.bontrager.com . Also, check on what date this article was published.

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Nice
Carbon fibre bones here we come...
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holy cow!

that´s some news!

but i don´t know what that will cost a normal guy like me.....
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Yeh now that its possible, its gonna be xpensive. in some years though ^^
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Next up is Adamantium.
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Awesome! Now we just need queues and tails
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LMFAO

Sorry to burst your bubbles guys but all this was just a April fools prank Lance did last year haha.
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Are you serious? OMG. Still I do believe its possible.
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Yeah I’m a big fan of Lance and follow him almost as religiously as I do Avatar. Here’s the original article about the prank:

http://www.carbonfibergear.com/bontr...ools-day-prank

I work as a paramedic for my day job so the anatomical inaccuracies were pretty obvious to me. The x-ray on the right is the body of a child, the stomach is on the wrong side of the body, and the CB clavicle shown is for the left shoulder. Still a very good job for the people who came up with the joke because it definitely fooled a lot of people.

As for carbon fiber actually being used for bone/joint replacements, it’s possible if it’s put together with some other composites but a bad choice of material if its just pure CB like it is here, especially with the current manufacturing techniques. Carbon fiber isn't bio compatible and the outer epoxy layer will get dissolved away by body fluids. It’s also too stiff and brittle. It’s stronger than the bones mother nature has given us but when CB does get hit by a strong enough force, like in a bike race crash it has a tendency to shatter. So with a CB bone it doesn’t just break but it will explode like a grenade in you haha do not want.

Now what you really want is what the Na'vi have; a composite of tissue and carbon interwoven in a matrix. Strong, light, yet flexible. Who knows, pretty likely that biomedics comes up with something like that in the future.
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Now what you really want is what the Na'vi have; a composite of tissue and carbon interwoven in a matrix. Strong, light, yet flexible. Who knows, pretty likely that biomedics comes up with something like that in the future.
Which we could likely bioengineer an enzyme for. Not only would they be strong, but they would also fray rather than shatter, as is the case for human bones.
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That would have been cool if it hadnt been a prank! Though this is something I would not be surprised to see Lance have
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wth?

damn and i thought i didn´t have to care about my bones anymore...
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That's kind of a... weird prank. I mean, it's just a carbon fiber bone. What's so amazing about that? I mean, if it were true it'd be amazing to me, because Avatar is famous. But this came out last year before Avatar was ever released. So... ?
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This is a planned thing to do. It is possible that if they change our genetic code we could develop carbon fibre bones from birth! How awesome would that be? Calcium Bones are determined by a certain chromosome in the DNA. Imagine if they change that to Carbon!!!

Its stronger, lighter and more resistant to damage. + its more elastic. So...its simply better in almost everything.

1st advantage i can think of.....bye bye milk xD
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God that's great for real ! And the fiber carbon bone looks like a painted real bone lol, it's amazing how technology can advance along with medicine and so fast... This is the era when we can replace body party with working body parts remade by humans, with a lot of technology and medicine involved. Just like in "I, Robot", when they were able to replace a damaged body part (like detective Spooner's hand) with a part that acts the same as a real one.
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