Israeli surgeons at Rambam Medical Center in Haifa recently used material co-developed by an Israeli scientist for the American space agency NASA in two successful orthopedic operations, the hospital revealed on Sunday.

The material, a polymer-made ballast originally designed as a substitute for the steel in jet bearings, was first used three months ago in a hip replacement operation for a woman in her 60s who had suffered a hip fracture, and more recently in knee joint surgery on a woman in her late 40s. Both surgeries were overseen by Professor Doron Norman, the director of the Orthopedic Surgery Section at Rambam Health Care Campus and a lecturer at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, and performed by Dr. Daniel Levine.

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