Article Innovations Origins: Preventing knee osteoarthritis with high-tech glue
Hy2Care, a spin-off of the University of Twente in the Netherlands, is developing a special gel to repair cartilage in knees. This should improve the quality of life for a lot of young patients.
Every year, half a million people in Europe and the United States undergo knee cartilage surgery. About eighty percent of the cases involve post-traumatic osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis develops slowly after the cartilage in the knee has been injured due to an accident or a fall, for example. These cases often concern young people who are not yet eligible for a new knee. A prosthesis only lasts fifteen to twenty years and fitting a second prosthesis still carries too many risks. This is why orthopaedic surgeons usually opt for a prosthesis just for patients around the age of sixty. The upshot: Many younger people, often between the ages of forty and sixty, have constant pain in their knees. This hampers them in their daily lives.