(KUTV) Salt Lake City - If you've had knee surgery, but you're still in pain, you may want to consider a new SUN Clinical Trial at Salt Lake Regional Medical Center. Kari stopped by the hospital to learn about the NUsurface Meniscus Implant.
The SUN Clinical Trial is evaluating the first-ever artificial meniscus, called the NUsurfance Meniscus Implant, for the treatment of persistent knee pain caused by injured or deteriorating meniscus cartilage. Damage to the meniscus can not only cause pain and affect quality of life, it can also lead to arthritis and the need for knee replacement surgery. There are limited options for patients who experience persistent knee pain following meniscus surgery. Researchers hope the SUN Clinical Trial alleviates pain in these patients, as well as helps them delay or avoid knee replacement surgery.
The implant is made from medical grade plastic. Because of its unique structure and design, it does not require fixation to bone or soft tissue and mimics the function of the natural meniscus. The implant is inserted into the knee joint through a small incision, and patients typically can go home soon after the operation. After surgery, patients undergo a six-week rehabilitation program. The NUsurface Meniscus Implant has been used clinically in Europe since 2008 and Israel since 2011.
To be eligible for the study, participants must be between the ages of 30 and 75 and have pain after medial meniscus surgery that was performed at least six months ago.
To see if you're eligible or learn more about the Sun Clinical Trial, go to Sun-Trial.com.