Repairing yourself with your own cartilage.
It sounds like science fiction, but it's not. It's one of the most advanced techniques in the world.
Called Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation, this unique procedure is the result of biotechnology and actually uses your own cartilage to restore defects in the joint surface. First, we thoroughly assess the joint and evaluate the injury patterns.
Then a tiny amount of your articular cartilage is harvested and sent to a special laboratory. Using advanced cell culturing techniques, the cell number is increased from a few hundred thousand to over 16 million cells. These cells are implanted into the knee joint during a second procedure. The new cells adhere to the base of the defect within six hours and begin to grow. Complete healing takes several months but eventually the joint is restored to almost pre-injury status.