Keeping in line with Summit Medical Group Orthopedics’ dedication to being on the cutting-edge of orthopedics research and technology, Dr. Louis Rizio, a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), shared his innovative research into cartilage repair at the AAOS annual meeting in March 2018.
Dr. Rizio’s work centers around cartilage regeneration utilizing stem cells and bio-active scaffolds. Articular cartilage—the cartilage that wraps the ends of the bones in joints—does not repair itself well once damage occurs. Damaged articular cartilage, such as in the case of osteoarthritis, leads to painful bone-on-bone grinding in a joint.
The method of cartilage repair that Dr. Rizio and his colleagues investigated in their study is known as tissue engineering. The study suggests a particular type of material treated with stem cells is especially effective in encouraging cartilage to grow.
“An unmet need exists for a treatment that can offer long-term functional repair to cartilage injuries, especially in an emerging younger population. This study demonstrates the feasibility of cellulose sulfate combined with gelatin as a biomaterial scaffold for cartilage repair,” wrote the authors in their study.
The study was first published in the online version of the journal Tissue Engineering Part A in May 2017.
If you are dealing with cartilage injuries from sports related injuries, osteoarthritis or chondromalacia, schedule an appointment with Dr. Rizio to discuss the use of stem cells and other biologic treatment options available.