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(Original publication date April 11, 2014) American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
(Original publication date April 11, 2014) American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)

Six Questions Top Surgeons Ask About Stem Cells

“Stem Cells” have been in orthopedic use since before World War II. We just didn’t know they were “stem cells”. In fact, we probably still don’t know what the heck those cells are. Two of the top surgeons / scientists tackled the problems of understanding “Stem Cells” at AAOS and came up with six questions every physician should ask. Here goes, and take notes.

AAOS Award Winning Paper Presented Stunning Conclusion

Radiographs of experimentally created mouse tibial plateau fracture (left) and clinically observed human tibial plateau fracture (right). Reprinted with permission from Furman BD, Strand J, Hembree WC, Ward BD, Guilak F, Olson SA: Joint degeneration following closed intraarticular fracture in the mouse knee: A model of posttraumatic arthritis. J Orthop Res 2007;25:578–592
Radiographs of experimentally created mouse tibial plateau fracture (left) and clinically observed human tibial plateau fracture (right). Reprinted with permission from Furman BD, Strand J, Hembree WC, Ward BD, Guilak F, Olson SA: Joint degeneration following closed intraarticular fracture in the mouse knee: A model of posttraumatic arthritis. J Orthop Res 2007;25:578–592

This year’s $20,000 Kappa Delta Sorority Award winning paper looked at the problem of post-traumatic arthritis of the knee in a new and novel way and may well have uncovered a remarkable new therapy or approach to preventing arthritis in knee trauma cases.