A new piece of bone grown in a lab was successfully implanted into a man’s broken shin, Israeli doctors have announced, in what they said was the first operation of its kind.
The 44-year-old patient, who had broken his shin bone in a bicycle accident, had initially undergone an operation to repair the damage by having a nail inserted into the bone, but the hole still remained, doctor Nimrod Rozen said at the Haemek hospital in northern Israel.
The bone tissue was cultured using the patient’s own stem cells, taken from fat tissue, said Shai Meretzki, the head of Bonus Biogroup which carried out the process.
It took only two weeks to grow the new bone tissue, which as then inserted into the man’s shin.
Meretzki said surgeons wrapped muscle fibres around the new bone tissue segment to help stabilise it.
He said within two months it had developed into normal bone and bonded to the surrounding shin bone.