TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) – More than 30 million Americans suffer from painful arthritis in their joints, Osteoarthritis. The most common problem is knee pain caused by cartilage breaking down. But some remarkable findings at the UA Arthritis Center could change the way doctors treat these patients.
Since our knees carry most of our body weight, it’s no surprise that the joints can wear out. Too much wear-and-tear on the cartilage covering the bone can cause serious knee pain. Right now, the only solution is replacing the entire joint with metal and plastic parts, even if the damage is just in one
Doctors and scientists in Southampton have completed their first hip surgery with a 3D printed implant and bone stem cell graft.
The 3D printed hip, made from titanium, was designed using the patient’s CT scan and CAD CAM (computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing) technology, meaning it was designed to the patient’s exact specifications and measurements.
The implant will provide a new socket for the ball of the femur bone to enter. Behind the implant and between the pelvis, doctors have inserted a graft containing bone stem cells.
The graft acts as a filler for the loss of bone. The patient’s