A new surgery may be possible in the United Kingdom after a British surgeon discovered a technique that could replace a traditional knee replacement with a more traditional operation, bypassing the need for an artery.
Dr. David Haddad, a neurosurgeon at St. George’s Hospital in Oxford, was able to reverse an infection that had led to the loss of a portion of a joint in his left knee, according to The New York Times.
He says he has been able to restore the ability of his knee to function independently from the rest of his body for the past year.
The procedure would be similar to a surgical procedure where a patient would inject a protein that binds to a protein called MMP2 in their bloodstream, the paper said.
In Haddahad’s case, a group of scientists created a drug that blocks the protein, allowing the bone to grow back and allow the knee to heal.
The treatment could be used in people with a large bone mass that can be prone to osteoarthritis.
It is not known whether the procedure would work in people who have not been able fully to control the pain and swelling that comes with the condition.
Haddad has been working on the procedure for nearly a year.
He has not been licensed to practice orthopedically.
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