A Cure For Arthritis?It is estimated that more than 1 million knee surgeries are performed each year in the US and many of the patients undergoing these surgeries will end up getting arthritis as they become older.
However, there is good news for people who have to have knee surgery. A new process has been developed that will minimize the possibility of getting arthritis.
One of the most common reasons for osteoarthritis is damaged knee cartilage, which has to be removed through surgery. The cartilage is essential as it works like a shock absorber. When it gets damaged, it does not heal by itself. So, invariably the damaged part of the cartilage is removed. However, over a period of time this same healing procedure leads to osteoarthritis, which is the most common form of arthritis.
However, now a researcher from University of Missouri-Columbia has developed a technique that promotes the healing of the cartilage and thereby reducing the progress of osteoarthritis. Previous studies have shown that the amount of arthritis developing in the knee is directly proportional to the amount of cartilage remaining in the knee.
This new procedure uses tissue engineering and biological stimulation after a scaffold made from pig intestines is implanted into the knee. The best part about this new procedure is that it can also help older adults who may have damaged or injured their knee years ago. So, whether an injury is new or old, it can be helped by scaffold implantation.
This new procedure is definitely groundbreaking and portents good for people who require the removal of the knee cartilage.