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Biological joints could replace artificial joints soon

Biological joints could replace artificial joints soon

University of Missouri researchers are part of team that has successfully regenerated complete shoulder joint surfaces using the patient’s own cells

From a January 5, 2011 Eureka news alert

Artificial joint replacements can drastically change a patient’s quality of life. Painful, arthritic knees, shoulders and hips can be replaced with state-of-the-art metal or ceramic implants, eliminating pain and giving a person a new lease on life. But, what if, instead of metal and plastic, doctors were able to take a patient’s cells and grow an entirely new joint, replacing the old one with a fully functional biological joint? A team of University of Missouri and Columbia University researchers have found a way to create these biological joints in animals, and they believe biological joint replacements for humans aren’t far away.

In a study published this fall in The Lancet***, James Cook, a researcher in the MU College of Veterinary Medicine and Dept of Orthopaedic Surgery participated on a research team that created new cartilage in animals using a biological “scaffold” in the animals’ joints. Cook assisted with the implant design and performed the surgeries to implant the biologic joint replacements. The study was led by Jeremy Mao of Columbia University….

 

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January 7, 2011 Posted by | Medical and Health Research News | , , | Leave a comment

   

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