Athletes Heal Well After Knee Tissue Transplants

Wednesday 1st September 2010

Athletes who have knee tissue transplants to repair bone and cartilage knee injuries are likely to successfully return to professional sports, according to a new report. The new research overturns previous medical opinion that suggested a return to athletic was unlikely following serious injury.

The study, led by scientists at the Institute for Cartilage Repair at the Hospital for Special Surgery, claim that up to 60% of athletes could return to professional sport following a transplant to correct an injury caused by a direct blow to the knee, with over 84% able to return to some form of sport or exercise.

Researchers reached their conclusions by surveying and analyzing the physical activity of patients who had undergone surgery that involved replacing damaged or collapsed tissue and cartilage, followed by 3-6 months of recovery.


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