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Silicon implant ‘helps worn knees to regrow’ – and could spare thousands of patients from surgery

By ROSIE TAYLOR FOR THE DAILY MAIL

 

Thousands of patients could avoid painful knee replacements after scientists developed a material to help cartilage regrow.

The ‘bouncy bio-glass’ mimics the structure of cartilage and can be 3D-printed to fit precisely into damaged areas and stimulate new cell growth.

Cartilage – the flexible connective tissue found in joints and between vertebrae in the spine – is difficult to repair.

Using the new material, scientists can create a tiny biodegradable ‘scaffold’ and implant it into a damaged area to encourage existing cartilage cells to grow through microscopic pores in the bio-glass.

Over time, the scaffold degrades naturally and safely in the body, leaving fresh cartilage in its place. Bio-glass, which is based on silica, has been used since the Vietnam War to help regrow bones.

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Josh Sandberg is the President and CEO of Ortho Spine Partners and sits on several company and industry related Boards. He also is the Creator and Editor of OrthoSpineNews.

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