A new method to replace worn cartilage is under development at Duke University in collaboration with Harvard University. Interwoven synthetic fibers that are about as thick as human hair are infused with a water-based gel and injected with a patient's stem cells. "What we will be able to do if this succeeds is just remove the worn out cartilage and basically cap it with this material, which would just replace the cartilage itself and leave all the native bone in place," said Duke professor Farshid Guilak, who is part of the research team.
Fibers injected with stem cells could replace worn cartilage, researchers say
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