Cartilage Repair Procedures

Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation (ACI):

There are two parts of the ACI procedure. The first surgical procedure consists of an arthroscopic evaluation of the joint and biopsy of cartilage. This biopsy is then sent to a lab to be cultured and grown to a large volume of cells. The second surgical procedure is an open procedure during which the cultured cells are re-implanted into the damaged areas of the joint.

Osteochondral Allograft Transplantation:

This procedure involves transplanting bone and attached cartilage from an organ donor to repair damaged cartilage.

Osteochondral Allograft Transplantation:

This procedure involves transplanting bone and attached cartilage from an organ donor to repair damaged cartilage. Osteochondral Allograft Autologous Osteochondral Transfer (OATS or Mosaicplasty): Small cylinders of bone and attached cartilage are harvested from a peripheral part of the patient’s knee and then implanted into the damaged portion of the knee.

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