Gateshead rods are tiny carbon fibre rods used in the 1980s, and which were inserted into drill holes on damaged joint cartilage to encourage the passage of repair cells from the underlying bone marrow.

 

Cartilage repair

Carbon fibre was in vogue as an orthopaedic implant material in the 1980s, due to its strength and biocompatibility. Carbon fibre rods have largely faded into history.

Synonyms: 
Pridie rods
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Surgical cartilage repair for knee osteoarthritis

An overview of the various options available for surgical cartilage repair of the knee.

An overview of current stem cell practice relating to the knee and a hint of the future.

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