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Offline DaleT

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Is it possible to replace cartilage in a joint?
« on: 04/09/2009 07:45:37 »
My father has had problems with his knee for a long time and they are now suggesting he has a whole fake knee joint fitted.

He tore his cartilage when he was around 30, he is now 51. They operated on his knee and used the cutting out method, but they took out way too much cartilage and now it is pretty much bone on bone which is obviously very uncomfortable to walk with. The doctors have now suggested he wait longer before having the operation as apparantly you can only ever have the joint replaced twice in a lifetime.

Are there any upcoming studies/trials/methods for cartilage replacement? If he waits another say 5/10 years is it possible one would become available?

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Dale

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« Last Edit: 04/09/2009 22:14:37 by chris »


 

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Re: Is it possible to replace cartilage in a joint?
« Reply #2 on: 04/09/2009 11:25:40 »
That is an great link Nizzle. Very interesting and I wonder if that will lead to the hips also!
 

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Re: Is it possible to replace cartilage in a joint?
« Reply #3 on: 04/09/2009 13:17:18 »
Thank you for the link, I think I read something similar before but have yet to see any more developments!

How long do you expect it to be before this method will be fully tested etc?
 

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Re: Is it possible to replace cartilage in a joint?
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