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New Collagen Meniscus Implant Opens New Vista for Knee Repair
Date:8/4/2009

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This new implant which Stone calls a "regeneration template" was invented by him in 1986 and used in his first human patient trial in 1990, but then took a lengthy course through the FDA. The implant marketed by ReGen Biologics Inc. and called "Menaflex" received recent press for the way the FDA handled the approval process.

ABOUT THE STONE CLINIC

The Stone Clinic treats people with injuries from all over the world. Athletes and people with arthritis seek out the clinic's expertise in ligament, articular cartilage and meniscus repair, regeneration and replacement and help people return to activities. For more information, see www.stoneclinic.com.

Background

Meniscus Reconstruction with Tissue Engineering Can Be a Knee Saver

Twenty-five years ago, orthopedic surgeon Kevin R. Stone, MD, of The Stone Clinic in San Francisco, answered the challenge of his mentor: "If you could replace the meniscus cartilage, you would make a big contribution to people's lives." This week, that challenge came to fruition when Stone implanted the first commercially available collagen meniscus implant into the knees of two patients. The journey from medical challenge to medical solution has not been easy.

"Early on, I realized that I could not replace the meniscus with artificial material because no artificial material was soft enough, yet durable and slick enough not to damage the opposing articular cartilage in peoples' knees," Stone said. "So, I sought to re-grow the meniscus and did so in 1986 by designing the first tissue engineering product in orthopedics: the collagen meniscus implant." Stone, who won the International Society of the Knee's Albert Trillat Young Investigator's Award for his meniscus regener
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