Swiss doctors reported a new medical victory. Knee surgeries turned out to be successful after using nose cartilage to treat the patients’ severe injuries. The nose cells were accepted by the foot joints in several cases, and all patients reported signs of improvement.
A new study accounting for the efficiency of nose cartilage in knee surgery was published in The Lancet. Ten patients have already benefited from the procedure, which occurred two years ago. The doctors who studied their cases observed that new cartilage grew on their knees again. Patients also reported pain relief and the improved function of their knees.
Professor Ivan Martin is the leader of the team of Swiss specialists. He thinks that the procedure was a real success with his patients. However, he is aware of the fact that the new method cannot be declared a treatment per se. He states that additional research is required to set all the details and make sure there are no risks or complications about it.
Using nose cartilage from patients for treating their knees doesn’t mean removing all the tissue in their nose. What the researchers did was take only a small part of nose cells and then make them grow in the lab. They used growth hormones for two weeks. Collagen helped them develop for two more weeks, and then specialists obtained the proper quantity of cartilage to heal the patient.
Two years after the surgery, the doctors observed that the body of the patients received the transplants well, and the cartilage continued to develop. It is quite similar to the original one. There were problems with only one of the patients because the person engaged in sports activities which damaged the knee further.
Knee injuries can damage the cartilage, as health experts explain. The cartilage is a softer, elastic tissue which covers the knee joints. Injuries can affect them, which can lead to complications ranging from pain to the dysfunction of the knee.
Specialists see the healing of the ten patients as a small trial. Further investigation will extend the study, and will also make it more diverse. They also consider the possibility of long-term studies.
Doctors who were not involved in the small study approve of the findings. They think that nose cartilage is a good idea for treating severe knee injuries. They also agree with the team’s decision of carrying out additional, larger trials.
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