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Vitality for the patient


South-Netherlands and Flanders have an ageing population. They have a relatively large population of elderly with an increasing lifespan. Furthermore, the average weight and number of comorbidities of this part of the population is increasing, resulting in a large incidence of severe joint wear. The ultimate solution for this is a joint replacing implant, for instance in the hip.

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Prosperos promises patients functional recovery through the development of personalized bioactive bone implants. The successful development of these smart implants allows patients to maintain mobility and this in turn improves the quality of life for an ageing population. In this way Prosperos is making a large societal contribution to healthy ageing.


What kind of joint is the hip?

The hip is a so called ball and socket joint. In every joint, two bones meet. In case of the hip these are the femur and the pelvis.

In case of the hip, the socket or acetabulum is formed by the pelvis. The ball is the head of the femur. The cartilage ensures that the femur head can rotate easily in the socket. A healthy hip joint has a nice, smooth cartilage surface. A firm joint capsule surrounding the joint keeps both bones together. The muscles and tendons surrounding the joint enable movement.


The spinal column is composed out of 24 vertebrae, which protect the spinal cord and provide stability to the torso. The lower part of the spinal column is called the lumbar spine. This part of the spinal column often suffers from back pain. Lower backpain can be caused by overexertion of the spinal column or by impingement. This causes pressure on the nerves. Usually this is caused by torn or bulging intervertebral discs.