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What’s Hot & What’s Not in Knee Surgery: A Few of the Highlights

What’s Hot & What’s Not in Knee Surgery:
Stem cells are both in and out. It was once thought that if these cells were injected into joints, they would turn into cartilage. Two problems arose. First, patients (unless they are infants) have very few stem cells left. Second, the injected cells died after releasing their instructional growth factors, never turning into cartilage. But what we have learned is that an increasing number of concentrated growth factors, immune stimulants, and even some drugs can induce the migration of the body’s own progenitor cells—some of them stem cells—cells that direct healing—to the injured area. These cells then optimize the environment around the injury to effect healing.

The Robots are Here

Robotic-Assisted-Knee-Replacement-Surgery
Total knee replacement has been a godsend for many people with severe bone-on-bone arthritis. Many of my patients are skiing, hiking, and playing sports on replaced knees at levels they have not done in years, or even decades.

Here’s a new joint. Now go home.

Here’s a new joint. Now go home.
Gone are the days when knee replacement surgery was almost as bad as the arthritis itself. The past year has brought vastly improved procedures, creating bionic patients in an outpatient surgery setting.

Minding the Gap

Minding the Gap
Joint injury could lead to chronic and disabling arthritis with hope of replacement surgery.
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