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3D Printing: Cool, But Not Quite There

3D Printing: Cool, But Not Quite There
3D printing is one of today’s most talked-about technologies. But it still has a long way to go before it can transform orthopedic surgery.

Military Knees

Military Knees
Standardized care is not always the best care. What we really need is an agile medical system that values innovation.

Regrowing your knee

Collegen Meniscus Implant
How a biological device can act as a trellis for new meniscus tissue to grow into, reconstructing missing segments of the meniscus shape.

Why surgically fix a torn meniscus?

Fix a meniscus to avoid arthritis
A recent study suggested that meniscus surgery doesn't help. Studies can be misleading. Even small losses of meniscus tissue lead to big changes in force concentration on the tibia (shin bone) and eventually arthritis.

Why fix or replace a meniscus?

Why fix or replace a meniscus?
Losing a meniscus is tough on the body. Without a meniscus, the covering of each of the bones, called the articular cartilage, rub up against one another, which leads to pain and, eventually arthritis. Patients often ask me "Isn't there a shock absorber you can put back into the knee joint?"

Biology trumps bionics: An alternative to total knee replacement

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We like to do everything possible to rebuild the knee joint with biologic tissues rather than artificial materials to help delay the time in which an artificial joint replacement is necessary.
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