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Is it possible to grow bone back to avoid having a knee or hip replacement?

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Dr. John Ayres
Orthopedic Surgery
4 doctors agree

In brief: No

Bone is not the problem, arthritis is caused by a loss of cartilage covering the bone.
Cartilage is that smooth shiny stuff on the end of the bone like you see on a drumstick at the joint. We have many procedures to reproduce it in small amounts or repair it if only small areas are lost or damaged, but when there is more exposed bone than cartilage, hip or knee replacement becomes necessary.

In brief: No

Bone is not the problem, arthritis is caused by a loss of cartilage covering the bone.
Cartilage is that smooth shiny stuff on the end of the bone like you see on a drumstick at the joint. We have many procedures to reproduce it in small amounts or repair it if only small areas are lost or damaged, but when there is more exposed bone than cartilage, hip or knee replacement becomes necessary.
Dr. John Ayres
Dr. John Ayres
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Dr. Kevin Stone
Sports Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Cartilage transplant

It is possible to replace the meniscus cartilage and perform a stem cell paste graft for many patients who have been told they need a knee replacement.
This is called a biologic knee replacement.

In brief: Cartilage transplant

It is possible to replace the meniscus cartilage and perform a stem cell paste graft for many patients who have been told they need a knee replacement.
This is called a biologic knee replacement.
Dr. Kevin Stone
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Dr. Barry Waldman
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

The problem is worn out cartilage.
The bone only becomes worn out later in the disease. Neither can be replaced well with natural tissue right now.

In brief: No

The problem is worn out cartilage.
The bone only becomes worn out later in the disease. Neither can be replaced well with natural tissue right now.
Dr. Barry Waldman
Dr. Barry Waldman
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