Artificial cartilage implants may reduce need for knee replacement surgery

March 12, 2015 11:00 AM

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Every 45 seconds, a patient in the U.S. undergoes knee replacement surgery— and it’s only getting worse. By 2030, that number is expected to jump nearly 400 percent to 3.5 million surgeries a year. But soon, there may be another option.

For the first time in the U.S., doctors have implanted plastic cartilage into a patient in hopes of avoiding, or at least delaying, knee replacement.

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