Whoa - how did we miss this?
A new technique to repair a torn ACL with a bioscaffold instead of a graft was approved for a 20 person human trial last November. The surgery must be done within 30 days of the injury. It will dramatically shorten the recovery time and reduce post injury arthritis. Huge props to Martha Murray (more info on that link). There were a couple of steps to go through in the trial before they actually tried the surgery on people, but we ought to be getting close to that step by now. Maybe in a few years this technique will become widespread and the word biosponge will enter our lexicon.
I can't find any fresher news.
She's written The ACL Handbook
There was an article in Fast Company