about the procedure
An injury to this cartilage can limit a person’s ability to not only work and play but to perform everyday activities. There are several different procedures surgeons may use to repair damaged cartilage in the knee. These include:
- Autologous chondrocyte implantation (ACI)
The surgeon will examine the patient’s knee with an arthroscopy scope: a tiny, pen-shaped instrument that has a micro video camera attached to the end. If the doctor detects a lesion, a tiny amount of healthy cartilage will be removed for a biopsy.
The cartilage cells that were cultured earlier are now implanted. After surgery, the cells will continue to multiply and eventually they’ll be incorporated into the surrounding cartilage, thus restoring the hyaline surface.1
Knee arthroscopy – A minimally invasive surgical treatment which can be used to remove cartilage debris from the knee or to repair cartilage tears.
Meniscal repair – When tears to the meniscal cartilage occur, a common form of knee cartilage damage, surgeons use specialized techniques to repair them.