Researchers in the Netherlands at UMC Utrecht have developed a method to combine two chondrocyte knee repair surgeries into one using mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). The new procedure takes chondrocytes (cells found in cartilage) from the patient, mixes them with specialized MSCs, and then implants them back into the damaged area of the knee. The stem cells help regenerate the cartilage, while the patient’s own cells avoid an immune response when implanting the mixture.
Currently, repairing knee cartilage is a two operation procedure. According to Professor Daniël Saris, lead researcher of the team, this breakthrough methodology in regenerative medicine is less burdensome, more efficient and 75% less expensive.
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