Using regenerative medicine to treat knee pain

Dec 21, 2020 | Jennifer O'Hara | @jenohara | Comments (1)


Knee pain is a common problem that can have many causes, but one common reason is damage to the cartilage. Because cartilage doesn't have its own blood supply, it can't heal itself. When knee cartilage is damaged, treatment options are available, including a new method using a patient’s own cells to grow new cartilage. The new technique is called matrix-associated autologous chondrocyte implantation, or MACI.

On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Daniel Saris, an orthopedic surgeon at Mayo Clinic, discusses MACI, the regenerative medicine approach to treating knee cartilage damage.

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Too bad he states there is an age limit to whom this could be applied. I would guess most knee problems occur in ages above 50. I have a bone on bone knee problem but at 85, I guess I'll have to live with it. I had a TKR on my left knee and it is an experience I do care not to duplicate.

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