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David Flanigan Implants Knee Cartilage Grown From Patient's Own Cells

August 2015

Doctors at the Wexner Medical Center are the first in Ohio to use a tissue implant made from a patient’s own cells to treat knee cartilage damage. Healthy cartilage is crucial to the smooth and painless mobility of most joints, and has limited capacity to repair itself after injury. “The hope is that embedding patients with their own cells will lead to a more durable replacement of the lost cartilage and improve patient outcomes,” said Dr. David Flanigan, the surgeon who implanted the cartilage and associate professor of orthopedics at the Wexner Medical Center.

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