Even though it is not uncommon to have cartilage injuries, it is rare for those injuries to require surgery. When cartilage injuries require surgery, these procedures can be some of the most technically demanding operations in all of the orthopedics. Just as important as the surgery itself, is the process of deciding whether or not a patient needs surgery and what surgery that should be.
What is Cartilage Restoration?
With the technological advancements in today’s world, you no longer need to live with joint pain. New orthopedic surgeries can replace and restore damaged joints and cartilage.
5 Major Procedures Performed In Cartilage Restoration
- Microfracture: During this process, small holes are drilled into the damaged cartilage area causing blood clots to form. From the blood clots, there then forms a cartilage-like scar tissue that helps to repair the tissue.
- Chondral Transfer: Cartilage is transferred from another location to the weight bearing area of damaged cartilage.
- Meniscal Allograft: This replaces cartilage in the patient’s knees from a deceased donor’s cartilage.
- Autologous chondrocyte implantation: Cartilage is removed from an area of the body that is not weight bearing. Then the tissue is sent to a lab to be cultured so that it can grow additional cartilage cells. Then, these cells are transferred to the damaged cartilage area (usually in the knee), growing and repairing the tissue of the original cartilage.
- Osteotomy: This surgery includes cutting the bone. A portion of the bone in the knee is removed near the damaged joint, thus shifting weight from the damaged area to a healthier part of the knee. This procedure can also be performed on the hip.
Benefits of Cartilage Repair
- Relief of pain without having to put artificial parts in the body
- Helping in arthritis prevention
- Restoring physical performance levels before injury
- Delaying future progression of cartilage damage and joint replacement surgery
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