By Alok D. Sharan, MD; James W. Genuario, MD; Samir Mehta, MD; Ryan M. Nunley, MD; and the Washington Health Policy Fellows
As individuals grow older and lead more active lifestyles, orthopaedic surgeons are increasingly being called on to use their surgical techniques to improve patients’ quality of life. Earlier solutions to orthopaedic disorders required the use of instrumentation to improve the mechanical environment for orthopaedic tissues. Newer research has aimed to improve the biologic environment for healing.
One area that has shown a promising future is the use of stem cells to regenerate or repair tissues. This article will briefly review the science of stem cells and current research using these cells.