STEM cells are being used to regrow damaged knee cartilage in world-first Melbourne trials it is hoped will make many joint replacements and other surgery unnecessary.
Doctors have halted damage caused by degenerative conditions, and even reversed it, in one of the first studies to use stem cells to rebuild cartilage in humans.
In initial results, half of those treated at Melbourne Stem Cell Centre saw a three-quarters reduction in pain and vastly improved knee function.
Two separate trials involving 70 patients have now shown stunning results.
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