The Role of Stem Cells in Surgical Repair

  • Adam W. Anz
  • Caleb O. Pinegar


The use of stem cells in promoting healing in the human body is an exciting and developing field. Steps to apply these cells to improve cartilage repair began with benchtop research four decades ago and have taken strides in the last decade through clinical trials. This chapter provides an overview of the development of these treatments and insight into the future of stem cell therapy in cartilage repair. With an improved understanding of the historical studies leading up to our current state, we will be better prepared to move forward with research and development and to better the treatment of our patients with cartilage injuries.


Cartilage Stem cell Repair Surgery Reconstruction Preserve Preservation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Adam W. Anz
    • 1
  • Caleb O. Pinegar
    • 2
  1. 1.Andrews InstituteGulf BreezeUSA
  2. 2.St Peter’s HospitalChertseyUK

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