In-Depth Study of Knee Cartilage Repair Technique
New York, NY - A natural tissue graft can spur regeneration of cartilage and improve symptoms in patients who have cartilage damage in their knee, according to a study by researchers from Hospital for Special Surgery. The new research, the first case-series evaluation of De Novo NT Natural Tissue Graft, was presented at the annual meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), in Chicago.
“The results at this time are encouraging,” said lead author of the study Scott Rodeo, M.D., orthopedic surgeon and co-chief of the sports medicine and shoulder service at Hospital for Special Surgery, in New York City. “De Novo NT compares favorably to our existing techniques, given that it is easy to do and involves a one step procedure. We are cautiously optimistic. It clearly regenerates tissue, but we need further long-term followup.”
In the knee, the articular cartilage can be damaged by a traumatic sports accident, a bad fall, or normal wear and tear in active individuals and can cause painful lesions leading to osteoarthritis. “Articular cartilage injuries to the knee are fairly common, and they are hard to treat,” said Dr. Rodeo. “Cartilage has no capacity to heal spontaneously, and cartilage lesions over time can get progressively larger.” Continue>
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