A collagen meniscal implant is a commercial product that is formed from collagen material pre-shaped into a knee meniscus.

 

Using the collagen scaffold

By soaking the scaffold in the patient's blood or specially-prepared cells, the cells regenerate using the collagen scaffold as a template.

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An 'interpretation' of a 2008 paper looking at whether the use of a collagen meniscus is valuable after meniscus injury. The conclusion was there there was some likely benefit in patients who had had a previous meniscectomy but not in patients who had just torn their meniscus.

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CLINICAL PUBLICATIONS

The collagen meniscus implant. Buma P, van Tienen T and Veth R. Expert Rev Med Devices. 2007 Jul;4(4):507-16.

Arthroscopic collagen meniscus implant results at 6 to 8 years follow up. Zaffagnini S, Giordano G, Vascellari A, Bruni D, Neri MP, Iacono F, Kon E, Presti ML and Marcacci M. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2007 Feb;15(2):175-83. Epub 2006 Jul 15.


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