Achy, creaky knees can really put a damper on your ability to move around much--and if the pain becomes too much, the only solution is to head to the hospital to shore up the joints in your knees with metal and plastic parts. But now there may be a simpler, less invasive solution that uses a surprising part of your body to strengthen those worn-out joints.
The procedure uses cartilage from the nose to grow new tissues that can be implanted in your knees--and help grow new tissue. Cartilage is the cushiony tissue that keeps the bones in your knees from grinding against one another, and that gets worn down because of age. What doctors do is take tissue from the septum (the tissue that separates both nostrils), isolate the cartilage cells, and grow new cells. Then, using laser surgery, they implant a collagen patch with the new tissue into the knee. That helps the existing tissue grow.
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So far, the procedure has been tried on 100 patients in Europe. While someone taking tissue from your nose sounds painful, doctors compare it to getting dental work done. That sounds a lot better than a stay in the hospital, for sure!
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