Originally Posted by Barracuda
I thought that when cartilage was an issue, surgeons implant something in its place. No?
Not my area of expertise but I know that there is a procedure called chondrocyte implantation where surgeons remove a patient's chondrocytes (cartilage-producing cells), grow the cells in a petri dish, and re-implant the cells with the hope that the cells will produce cartilage. I believe the procedure is being performed in the States right now and is also undergoing some fine-tuning to increase its efficacy.