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Biologic Joint Reconstruction Using Stem Cells Proven Successful In Patients With Arthritis
Date:3/23/2010

Biologic Joint Reconstruction, rather than bionic (artificial) replacement, may be an appropriate first step for many people with knee joint arthritis according to The Stone Research Foundation. These research results could have significant impact on the long-term feasibility of artificial knee replacement.

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) March 22, 2010 -- Biologic Joint Reconstruction, rather than bionic (artificial) replacement, may be an appropriate first step for many people with knee joint arthritis, Kevin R. Stone, MD, chairman, the Stone Research Foundation stated at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA. These research results could have significant impact on the long-term feasibility of artificial knee replacement - the number of artificial joint replacement surgeries is predicted to increase to 3.4 million by 2030, with proportionate increases in cost.

The procedure involves combining articular cartilage repair techniques such as stem cell paste grafting with meniscus allograft replacement. Dr. Stone presented on a long-term meniscus allograft follow up study involving 115 patients (119 cases; 83 males, 32 females; average age: 46.9 years, range: 14.1 – 73.2 yrs) with severely damaged articular cartilage. Patients underwent combined meniscus allograft transplantation and articular cartilage repair and were followed for an average of 5.8 years (range: 2.1 months - 12.3 years). Patients reported their pain, activity, and function levels using v
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