If you have little or no cartilage left in your knee joint as a result of osteoarthritis, then that can be extremely painful. Knee replacement surgery can help, but that’s mainly for people over the age of 65. For younger patients, UMC Utrecht has developed the KneeReviver and marketed it together with the company ArthroSave.

(photo credits: KneeReviver)The KneeReviver pulls the lower and upper leg five millimetres apart.

The KneeReviver consists of two components on the outside of the knee. They’re fastened to the bone with pins. The components are set in such a way that they pull the upper and lower leg five millimetres apart. This creates some space and relieves the knee joint. Cartilage usually starts to grow again and the bone recovers. The components are removed after six weeks. If all goes well it will relieve the pain symptoms for years, so knee replacement can be put on the back burner.

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