Staff Writer @rain_varelaDr. Juan Agustin D. Coruña IV, a 29-year-old doctor from Bacolod City, Philippines has invented a cheaper way to fix bone fractures using nylon cable ties. Nylon cable ties, a common household item, are a type of fastener used to organize cables and wires. Dr. Coruña , a resident in the Orthopedics and Traumatology Department of Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in Bacolod City, started working on the procedure on 2012 when he discovered that nylon cable ties could be used to fix fracture fixation in bones. He would later develop a surgical procedure to correctly apply the cable ties. The technique is a cheaper alternative to using stainless steel wires, and yet still have the same effect on bone healing. This new procedure would therefore lower surgical costs, giving patients who initially couldn’t afford the orthopedic operation a cheaper alternative. Coruña has been showing his work to some of the world’s best orthopedic surgeons. In March 2014, he attended the 60th Orthopedic Research Society Annual Meeting in the United States, a premiere forum for the presentation of new musculoskeletal research findings. Last May 16, he presented his work in a science symposium in South Korea, and starting today (May 22) until Sunday (May 25), he is set to attend the 87th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Orthopedic Association in Kobe, Japan. The University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center College of Medicine has also been presenting his work to researchers and academics from all over the world. He developed this study with the help of his father, Dr. Jose Maria R. Coruña, the department Chairman of Orthopedics and Traumatology at CLMMRH, with Dr. Hans Francis D. Ferraris, Laboratory department and Research Committee chairman, and Dr. Dove A. Demandante, resident of Laboratory department. Keep Up With PopWrapped On The Web!