The bio-future of joint replacement

Arthritis and injury grind down millions of joints, but few get the best remedy — real biological tissue. Kevin Stone shows a treatment that could sidestep the high costs and donor shortfall of human-to-human transplants with a novel use of animal tissue.


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  1. #1 sailor
    July 28, 2010

    Interesting if you go to: http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-stone-clinic-san-francisco, you can see some very mixed reviews. Since he uses animal tissue, he does at least work in cow hollow.

  2. #2 Paul Browne
    July 29, 2010

    Interesting, though other approaches are also in the pipeline http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-10790259 though as the BBC reports the scaffold approach may not be suitible for older patients. It may however be more useful for younger patients who otherwise face operations every 10-15 years to have metal joints replaced.

    It’s a fast moving area, and perhaps stem cell transplants and ex vivo growth on a scaffold might speed up recovery time after operations. It’s certainly an approach that is showing promise in other areas, for example in building arteries, tracheas and more recently lung tissue http://speakingofresearch.com/2010/06/25/how-to-build-a-lung/

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