New research from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
suggests cartilage grown from stem cells could be used to replace hip
implants. Currently, traditional hip replacement surgery involves placing
metal, plastic, or ceramic implants into the hip joint. While many of
the current hip implant companies claim their hip implants last for over
20 years, data from survey studies suggest many of these implants failing
sooner than anticipated.
The new technique uses 3D printing to create a replica of the patient’s
joint. The print is used as biodegradable scaffolding for the stem cells
that will be placed on it. Once scaffolding is created, stem cells removed
from the patient’s fat are placed covering the entire area of the
molded joint. The researchers use a mixture of proteins to motivate the
stem cells to transform into cartilage. Researchers have programmed these
stem cells to release anti-inflammatory molecules when a particular drug
is induced by the patient.
This new method is being tested on animals, and if everything goes well,
treatments for human patients may be approved three to five years from
now. This new less invasive method could help many of the younger patients
between the ages of 40 to 65 who may not be candidates for hip replacements
yet due to their age.
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