‘Living bandage’ may revolutionize repair of difficult knee injuries

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Anthony Hollander, the head of the Institute of Integrative Biology at the University of Liverpool…and his team have finally completed the first in-human trial of the so-called “living bandage.”

The bandage consists of a thin scaffold of collagen…The researchers infuse this layer with a type of stem cells…cultured from the bone marrow of each patient…The idea is that the stem cells emit growth factors that promote the healing of the meniscus tissue, helping the two sides knit back together.

The new study…documented the first test of this bandage in five human subjects ages 18 to 45 with meniscus tears. After two years, three of the patients remained symptom free.

Meniscus tears are a common injury, but they are notoriously difficult to repair...So are stem cells the solution?

“I’m not jumping out of my chair saying I have to grab this technology and have to employ this in my practice,” says Howard Luks, chief of sports medicine at New York Medical College. Not only did the test have a relatively small test group, it had a modest success rate…Luks, however, acknowledges that the results do show some promise.


The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion, and analysis. Read full, original post: Tear Your Meniscus? This “Living Bandage” May Help

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