Stem cells in orthopaedics and fracture healing

Basil J. Alwattar, Ran Schwarzkopf, Thorsten Kirsch

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Stem cell application is a burgeoning field of medicine that is likely to influence the future of orthopaedic surgery. Stem cells are associated with great promise and great controversy. For the orthopaedic surgeon, stem cells may change the way that orthopaedic surgery is practiced and the overall approach of the treatment of musculoskeletal disease. Stem cells may change the field of orthopaedics from a field dominated by surgical replacements and reconstructions to a field of regeneration and prevention. This review will introduce the basic concepts of stem cells pertinent to the orthopaedic surgeon and proceed with a more in depth discussion of current developments in the study of stem cells in fracture healing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6-10
Number of pages5
JournalBulletin of the NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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