Meniscal repair augmentation is the use of various techniques to improve the healing and eventual function of a meniscal repair.

platelet rich plasma separated by centrifuge
stem cells in culture

 

These techniques may include use of growth factors, stem cells, platelet rich plasma (PRP), introduction of a fibrin clot, and mechanical stimulus. For example, the platelet-rich layer of a sample of blood may be pipetted out and used to augment a repair. Stem cells may be cultured from a sample of bone marrow, and used similarly.

Synonyms: 
biologics
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Dr Sheila Strover (Editor)
BSc (Hons), MB BCh, MBA

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