The Royal Melbourne Hospital has performed the world’s first implant of cultured specialist stem cells into an orthopaedic patient who suffered a broken femur nine months ago which failed to heal.
Mr Richard de Steiger, the Director of Orthopaedics at the hospital, performed the operation as an alternative to the standard bone graft which requires a separate incision and is potentially associated with other complications.
“If successful this procedure may significantly reduce or eliminate long-term patient complications while decreasing length of stay in hospital and costs associated with the treatment of long bone fractures,” said Mr de Steiger.
Adult Stem Cells have so far been the only variety of stem cell to actually have proven repeatable positive clinical results.
Unlike fetal cells which are not only politically controversial, but have had a terrifically poor track record with regards to: