New Research: Tendon Repair With Stem Cells

Normally a torn tendon is an occasion for surgery, but an Australian company may be changing that. Orthocell Limited has developed a technique that involves taking a biopsy of the patient’s healthy tendon, then isolating and cultivating stem cells from the biopsy and injecting those into the injured tendon. The process—which takes 20 minutes and is less invasive than surgery—is being published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine.