Knee problem? New Clinical Trial Tests Growing New Knee Tissue

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Knee pain is a common ailment among young athletes and baby boomers alike. But what would happen if you could grow your own, new body parts to replace those that have worn out. It is now possible that you could be one of the first to fix your knee with new technology. The Ochsner Sports Medicine team is participating in a new study that is looking at new way to grow knee tissue. This new technology is called NeoCart.

Ochsner doctors are looking for active men and women between 18 and 55 years old, who have this specific type of knee problem. It is not for people with complete osteoarthritis where bone is rubbing on bone. Study participants can be overweight but not obese with a BMI of 35 or higher. Doctors will also need to determine if you have good alignment in your bones with both legs being similar. Patients will know if they are getting the new NeoCart treatment or the current standard of care arthroscopic knee surgery. For the arthroscopic surgery, there is a two to four week recovery period. For the NeoCart procedure recovery is longer, three to six months.

To see if you qualify, call 504-736-4872, or e-mail spawlak@ochsner.org

For more on this clinical trial click here.

Video source: WWLTV.com 

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