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Tendon Tissue Plus Parathyroid Hormone Reproduces a Normal Meniscus

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The knee meniscus is an important tissue that protects the joint; if the meniscus is damaged—by sports injury or aging—it often does not heal on its own. There are two surgical methods for treating a torn meniscus: repair with a suture and graft or removal.

Because removing the meniscus leads to further damage, the graft surgery is preferred for meniscus reconstruction. In countries where donated meniscal allograft is unavailable the patient's own tendon can be transplanted into the knee to strengthen the damaged meniscus. However, differences between the tendon and meniscal ...