There has been a constant surge in the number of arthritis patients in the past along with the treatment options, that have gone scanty and aberrant at the present time. In lieu of this, researchers have found new ways by growing cartilage in vitro. It’s nothing more than growing it in a lab, with a mission to postpone or eliminate all kinds of hip replacement surgeries in the future. The above practice is employed to safeguard adverse effects among the younger age group people suffering from the disorder.
The cartilage has not yet been scrutinized in humans and therefore it would be too early to reckon in terms of its future cost, effectiveness and side effects. However, researchers still want to keep their stance by projecting its success as it’s grown partially artificial by using the stem cells of patients. As far as synthetic scaffolding goes, they expect it to get vanished over the time replacing human tissue all over.
As per the scientists working in Cytex therapeutics, Durham, the implant (cartilage) is designed in such a way that it helps to combat swellings. The working of the implanted tissue has also been verified and reported to replace the diseased tissue quite aggressively. It’s suffused with a quality to overcome the aggravated inflammation around the joint. This happens to be a great achievement as the inflammation (if lasts long) can potentially damage the underlying healthy tissues as well.
It’s now quite vindicated about the working of such implants grown in labs. No doubt, it’s all geared towards those arthritis victims who fall among the younger age groups and are bound to undergo hip replacement surgeries sooner or later to enhance the life expectancy for a greater span of time.
Researchers have already put forth their woes regarding ambiguities in the conventional arthritis treatment, especially among those who are younger than 65 years of age. As per them, if a patient is diagnosed with arthritis at a younger age, then the lists of treatment that generally follow include anti-inflammatory procedures, therapies and the use of analgesics (found in most of the cases). All such treatment options fail to adhere to the basic underlying problem to resolve the disorder at the optimum levels. All such practices would eventually result in an inadequate or poor treatment and invite a total knee or hip replacement surgery in the future.
Scientists emphasized for long to devise ways to engineer a series of artificially designed cartilages to resurface the ailing joints. As per them, they have now programmed the one to replace the existing surface of the hip or knee joint with the help of famous 3-D textile technology.
As per the study conducted, it was revealed that artificially designed cartilage can replace old and deteriorated one that can function up to 15 years. They can even be used in places other than hip joints. As per the background info collected, the research will soon be going to help over 27 million Americans who are dealing with chronic wear-and-tear due to osteoarthritis. The study, at the same, also suggests the condition usually targets younger and older people and therefore is on the rise among them.