Woven Cartilage, new knee! W.W.E.D. (what would Elway do?!)

by Fred

Researchers at Duke have developed a 3-dimensional woven scaffolding material and process that will serve as a base to join with3-5 scaffoling weaving machine stem cells to form natural cartilage to replace your existing knee cartilage.

This is great, and amazing, as it is a fully therapeutic, and uses stem cells (see they’re awesome) to grow the actual cartilage on the scaffolding.

What this means is, in 3 to 4 years this process should be ready for it’s first human testing.

To implant such a system, doctors will prep the patient in a manner similar to that where they would be replacing the knee joint. Then in the spaces where cartilage is to be replaced, the 3-dwoven scaffolding scaffolding will be placed with growth materials and stem cells. Then the patient is closed up.

Over time, the scaffolding will dissolve on it’s own, leaving a patient with their own cartilage to replace that which was lost or destroyed.

Most importantly, this is a great boon to the older set, where much of this research is focused. Imagine the joy people will feel having fresh knees again. It’s fantastic!

I imagine retired professional athletes like John Elway would really benefit from a process such as this.

Thanks to the folks at Duke that did this great research at both Duke and their associates at MIT.

Thanks for the link from Medgadget.

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