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May 23, 1977

Medical News

JAMA. 1977;237(21):2269-2276. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270480009001

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Cadaver joint surface transplants find use in repair of arthritic joints  Hips and knees, ankles and wrists, shoulders and elbows, even the knuckles of fingers and toes have all been replaced successfully with various artificial joints. One of these procedures, total hip replacement, has become almost routine in certain kinds of arthritis. Most of the other prosthetic joints, especially the more delicate ones like the shoulder or elbow, are still considered experimental.Another approach to joint replacement is transplantation—using the intact joint surface of a cadaver donor to replace the arthritic articular surface of a live patient. This approach has been tried with some success in a small number of carefully selected patients. Marvin H. Meyers, MD, described his experience with the procedure at the Las Vegas meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic surgeons. He is associate professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Southern California School