SURGEONS from Southampton have developed a pioneering bone repair technique that could end the need for artificial hip replacements.
Six people have undergone the procedure which uses a their own stem cells to repair damaged hip joints. Only one operation has failed (…)
Under the procedure surgeons extract bone marrow from the back of a patients’ pelvis, then extract a layer of stem cells by spinning the marrow in a centrifuge.
The stem cells are then mixed with ground up bone donated from another patients discarded hip replacement (…)
Professor Richard Oreffo of Southampton University, one of those behind the research, said the technique could be improved by replacing donated bone with an artificial material containing chemicals that promote stem cell growth.
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