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A method of repairing a damaged joint uses a prosthetic shield and/or spacers to protect regenerating cell growth on the articulating surface of the joint. The shield and spacers protect the articulating surfaces of the joint from compression and frictional stresses while guarding the bone from further damage. The shield and spacers also can deliver transplanted cells and cell enhancing growth factors to the site. The shield can be left in place or removed after the joint heals.

Title
Method and device for regenerating cartilage in articulating joints
Application Number
9/256006
Publication Number
6171340 (B2)
Application Date
February 23, 1999
Publication Date
January 9, 2001
Inventor
Charles L McDowell
6425 Roselawn Rd., Richmond
VA, US
Agent
Paul W O&apos Malley
US
Susan L Firestone
US
IPC
A61F 2/30
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