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4Mar, 2017

Are Pigs the Secret to Repairing Knee Cartilage?

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Back in December of 2016, the FDA approved a product called the MACI.  This is substantial because MACI allows patients to regrow their knee cartilage- which can be deteriorated through injury or removed (altogether or partially) in knee surgeries.  To put it simply, MACI takes a  patient’s cartilage tissue, places the tissue on artificial scaffolds where it is engineered to grow,  and then implanted into the patient’s knee.   MACI attaches membrane taken from pigs to the autologous cartilage tissue, and these implants can include anywhere from 500,000 to 1 […]

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