A new technique used to treat cartilage damage involves implanting an artificial scaffold into the damaged area. The scaffold helps bone marrow cells form cartilage, and is gradually absorbed over time until only the regenerated cartilage remains. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has issued full guidance to the NHS in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on partial replacement of the meniscus of the knee using a biodegradable scaffold.
In this procedure, a biodegradable implant is placed into the meniscus by ‘keyhole’ knee surgery. The implant works as a scaffold to support re-growth and repair of the damaged meniscus. The aim of the procedure is to relieve pain and restore the mobility of the knee.
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