Meniscus cartilage is the cushioning tissue between the femur and tibia bones of the knee. Millions of Americans each year tear this cartilage. Loss of the meniscus tissue can lead to arthritis.
In this novel approach, researchers in New York are using a 3D Printer to create a new meniscus. They have studied in sheep so far with success. In the future, it may be possible to use an MRI scan with a meniscus tear to help program a 3D printer to make you a new meniscus. Treatment in human patients is not yet available but this is quite an intriguing possibility for the future.
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