Knee system may decrease need for knee replacement surgery

Columbus-based The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center physicians implanted the Calypso Knee System to treat a patient's arthritis in lieu of a knee replacement, according to Brinkwire.

The key details to know:

1. The Calypso Knee System is a shock absorber for mild to moderate arthritis that behaves the way cartilage functions in a healthy joint.

2. David Flanigan, MD, director of OSU's cartilage restoration program, is conducting a clinical trial of the Calypso Knee System that is expected to enroll 80 patients.

3. A complete recovery can take four to six months, Dr. Flanigan said.

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