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FDA approves knee-injury device for humans
Date:10/2/2007

ooks research team performed the BioDuct surgery on 25 dogs that had worst-case scenario meniscal tears. With the BioDuct Meniscal Fixation Device, the meniscus in the dogs knees had complete or partial repair after a few weeks in all cases.

Currently, there are no other devices that can provide improved fixation over time, Schwartz said. Therefore, the BioDuct device is set apart from the rest of the field.

In his research, Cook found that the device will significantly improve healing of avascular meniscal tears both biologically and biomechanically, which should lessen the long-term effects of meniscus injuries, including osteoarthritis. Cooks recent findings were published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine.

The BioDuct device could impact the industry by improving repairs of the meniscus to such an extent that fewer patients develop arthritis that results from removing the meniscal tissue, Schwartz said. Thus, with fewer patients developing arthritis, the result could be fewer total joint replacements or at least delaying the need for a total joint replacement.


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Contact: Christian Basi
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University of Missouri-Columbia
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