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

plantation Other smaller cartilage lesions underwent a variety of more traditional cartilage repair techniques. "We speculated that addressing the damaged articular cartilage at the time of meniscus allograft transplantation allows for successful results of meniscus transplantation in patients with arthritis," Dr. Stone said.

This long-term follow-up study, which represents the longest and largest evaluation of its kind, demonstrates that meniscus allograft transplantation in combination with articular cartilage repair provides lasting pain relief and improved function in patients with severe articular cartilage damage. All study patients presented with severe articular cartilage changes and 44.5% of the population was older than 50 at time of surgery, criteria which are commonly contraindicated for meniscus allograft transplantation. “Meniscus replacement can improve symptoms, even in severe osteoarthritis. Meniscus replacement should not be limited to young patients without articular cartilage damage,” concludes Dr. Stone. This study was also displayed in the poster sessions during the 56th Annual Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society, New Orleans, LA March 6 – 9, 2010.

Co-authors of the study with Dr. Stone are Ann W. Walgenbach, RNNP; Wendy Adelson, MS; Jonathan Pelsis, MHP; and Tom Turek of The Stone Research Foundation, San Francisco.

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