Scientists from the University of Leicester are taking revolutionary research further with the potential to offer new hope for knee-injury victims.
They are following up international research that aims to improve knee cartilage repair techniques, termed ‘chrondrocyte implantation’. The procedure, developed in Sweden ten years ago, involves growing a patient’s knee cartilage cells in a laboratory, which are then implanted through open knee surgery. Recent exciting developments revolve around the materials or ‘scaffolds’ that the cells are grown on. The scaffold is inserted into the knee with the seeded cells growing on it, and disintegrates slowly once the knee’s cartilage cells have become established.
Dr Paul Jenkins from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Leicester, and orthopaedic surgeon Dr Mike Harding from the University’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Glenfield Hospital are collaborating to find the perfect biodegradeable polymer scaffold.
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