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Synthetic Materials Can Replace Cartilage in Your Aching Joints

The Wall Street Journal reported that synthetic cartilage is becoming available as a potential alternative to joint replacement for patients suffering from cartilage loss.

According to the article, a product for big-toe arthritis is on the market and alternatives for the thumb, knee and shoulder are being tested.

HSS associate scientist Stephen Lyman, PhD, shared his perspective on the new treatment option. "What I'm worried about is the long-term risks about having [synthetic cartilage] in the body," he said.

Dr. Lyman added that additional, larger studies are needed to ensure safety.

Read the full article at wsj.com [subscription required]. This also appeared in the September 17, 2018 print issue.