Navigation Links
Coming Soon -- Stem-Cell Surgical Thread?

Novel technique could speed repair of ligaments, tendons, study shows

FRIDAY, July 24 (HealthDay News) -- A team of John Hopkins University undergraduates say they have found a way to quickly and easily embed a person's stem cells into surgical thread, a procedure they believe may help improve healing and prevent re-injury.

The 10 biomedical engineering students developed the procedure as part of a contest sponsored by a medical technology company trying to patent the concept as a way to help patients recover from major orthopedic injuries, such as ruptured ligaments and tendons.

"Using sutures that carry stems cells to the injury site would not change the way surgeons repair the injury," student team leader Matt Rubashkin, who will be a senior in the fall, said in a university news release. "But we believe the stem cells will significantly speed up and improve the healing process. And because the stem cells will come from the patient, there should be no rejection problems."

In concept, stem cells from bone marrow drawn from a patient's hip would be quickly woven into surgical thread using the students' machine. The stem cell thread would then be used, as in conventional surgery, to stitch the ruptured tendon or other injury. The stem cells should eventually evolve into tendon or cartilage that blends into their setting while releasing growth factor proteins that hasten healing and reduce inflammation along the way.

The students, with help from orthopedists and sponsor, Bioactive Surgical Inc. of Maryland, are testing the machine and procedure on animals. Early test results show the stem cells remaining intact and attached to the sutures.

"The students exceeded all expectations. They have probably cut at least a year off of the development time of this technology, and they are definitely advancing the science in this emerging area," the inventor of the technology, Dr. Lew Schon, an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine,said in the news release.

According to the students' research, about 46,000 people in the United States undergo Achilles tendon repair surgery every year. The procedure and post-surgical treatment cost about $40,000, and recovery takes up to a year.

The Baltimore students have also applied for grants to study how the embedded surgical thread could be used in other orthopedic surgeries or even cardiology and obstetrics.

More information

The U.S. National Institutes of Health has more about stem cells.

-- Kevin McKeever

SOURCE: Johns Hopkins University, news release, July 20, 2009

Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Teens who see more smoking in movies may have increased risk of becoming established smokers
2. Align Technology Executive to Present at Upcoming Financial Conferences
3. WellPoint Announces Appearances at Upcoming Conferences
4. Nuvelo Announces Upcoming Conference Calls, Webcasts and Conference Participation
5. Idenix Pharmaceuticals to Present at Two Upcoming Investor Conferences
6. West Pharmaceutical Services to Present at Upcoming Conferences
7. Shopko Express Coming to the Fox Valley
8. Coming Soon: Pain-Free Dentistry
9. Exponent to Present at the Upcoming Sidoti & Company Investor Forum and William Blair Small-Cap Growth Stock Conference
10. A New Interactive Consumer Experience Highlighting Successful Weight Loss Strategies is Coming to a Mall Near You
11. Race Against Pain Coming to California
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Coming Soon -- Stem-Cell Surgical Thread?
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... Lizzie’s Lice Pickers just announced a special promotion ... off of their purchase of lice treatment product. In addition, customers will receive a ... company spokesperson. “Finding lice is a sure way to ruin the holidays, so we ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... ... progress through sharing, the 2016 Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs meeting ... begin on Sunday, March 6, 2016, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas with ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... Keeping in ... for mental health and wellness consultation, has collaborated with a leading web-based marketplace ... knowledge gap experienced by parents and bring advice from parenting experts within their ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... , ... November 27, 2015 , ... Avid collector, Andrew ... Arbor Michigan boxing style concert posters. This is one of Joplin's most famous and ... House at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The According to Hawley, "It ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... ... November 26, 2015 , ... ... eReferral system for diagnostic imaging in the Waterloo region. Using the Ocean Platform, ... Medicine tests directly from their electronic medical record (EMR) without the need for ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/26/2015)... UTRECHT, the Netherlands , November 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ...   A new combination approach blends immunotherapy ... --> A new combination approach blends immunotherapy with ... A new combination approach blends immunotherapy with ... the Netherlands has found that immunotherapy ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... Research and Markets ( ) has announced ... Outlook to 2019 - Rise in Cardiac Disorders and Growing ... to their offering. Boston ... scientific and others. --> The market ... Boston scientific and others. ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... 26, 2015 ... "2016 Future Horizons and Growth Strategies ... Market: Supplier Shares, Country Segment Forecasts, Competitive ... offering. --> ) has ... Future Horizons and Growth Strategies in the ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: