Bad knees? Doctors now “Nose” what to do

Jumping up and down in celebrating might be difficult for those with knee injury or pain, but that might change

Jumping up and down in celebrating might be difficult for those with knee injury or pain, but that might change soon with a breakthrough in medical science.

A small trail was undertaken with patients suffering from knee problems from either injury, accident, or osteoarthritis, where doctors harvested cells from their nose cartilage to help grow new cartilage tissue and transplant it to the knee.

The two-year trial resulted in most of the patients reporting drastic improvement to knee function, reducing pain, and an overall better quality of life. Now that the proof is in the pudding for the small trial it is going to be expanded into a much bigger study to get results from all different types of people, knee ailments, and cartilage growth.

Ivan Martin, lead author of the study and professor of tissue engineering at the University of Basel and University Hospital Basel in Switzerland, told Medical News Today that a bigger study is needed, “Moreover, in order to extend the potential use of this technique to older people or those with degenerative cartilage pathologies like osteoarthritis, a lot more fundamental and pre-clinical research work needs to be done.”

One of the most promising outcomes from the initial study is that the age of the patient doesn’t factor into the success rate of the procedure. However, more testing will be needed in the bigger test. Professor Martin stated, “Our findings confirm the safety and feasibility of cartilage grafts engineered from nasal cells to repair damaged knee cartilage. But use of this procedure in everyday clinical practice is still a long way off as it requires rigorous assessment of efficacy in larger groups of patients and the development of manufacturing strategies to ensure cost effectiveness.”

Do you suffer from knee problems? Would you be willing to have your doctor harvest some cartilage cells from your nose to fix the problem?

  1. Anne Gray  

    I would be very willing to take part in this trial – where do I sign up?

    • Ruth Sullivan  

      Me too what an amazing treatment to stop those aching creaking knees.

    • Stuart Bunt  

      This has been done in Perth for years (but not from nosecartilage) I think they are grown from a small piece of the good knee cartilage that is grown in culture

  2. Diane Fortune  

    This sounds very promising and I would be keen to give it a try.

  3. J McCarthy  

    More information would be good, please

  4. Derek Harper  

    I would wecome a chance to go on a trial

    • I am willing to try anything that will help me walk I already have had my right knee replaced because I was dragging my leg around I look as if I was trying to get in a new monster movie. I have now started to look for another movie part
      for my left knee . I refuse to give in to sitting on my couch all day or using a auto cart at any store that would be like giving up and just laying down ok dig the hole and drop me in. I have gain to much weight and cant lose it due to not
      being able to walk because of so much pain. I am not able to take pain meds am allergic to the them while most take
      Tylenol or any prescription med and go on their merry way I take the change that my reaction may be my last. the only way is if I take Benadryl with it and that is only if pain is unbearable. so bring it on I’ll try it.

  5. Noeline J Thomas  

    I am more than willing. Bring it on.

  6. Susan Bell  

    I keep asking my butcher if he sells new spines and knees, but he never stocks them

  7. lurch  

    I can only wonder how long before they can do something about shoulders and spine.

  8. my wife and I both suffer from paiful knees, we would both be very interested in participating Carl 23.Oct.2016

    • robert hough  

      Would be glad to do the trial

  9. Dawn Meader  

    YES PLEASE!! I am VERY interested. I am a keen gardener and have pain in both knees and hips. I’m not ready to give up gardening yet (I’m only 60 yrs old) and would dearly love to be involved in the development of a solution that doesn’t have to be complete joint replacement.

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