We offer one of the nation's leading experts in successfully treating
and repairing cartilage damage and its resulting joint pain. Fellowship-trained
in sports medicine as well as cartilage restoration, our orthopaedic surgeon
is at the forefront of cartilage repair and transplantation – and
is using these cutting-edge techniques to bring dramatic benefits to athletes,
weekend warriors and baby boomers with active lifestyles.
Here you'll find today's most exciting advances to repair, preserve
and replace damaged cartilage in the knee – often preventing the
onset or progression of arthritis. In some cases, cartilage restoration
can also successfully treat joint problems in the shoulder and ankle,
offering an important alternative to joint replacement.
By significantly reducing or eliminating pain in the joint, these biologic
resurfacing techniques help patients return to an active lifestyle and
regain their quality of life.
Aided by a tiny camera (arthroscope) and using very small incisions, torn
or damaged cartilage is located and trimmed away – reducing pain
and restoring function.
By creating small holes in the bones, microfracture stimulates the growth
of cartilage – using the body's own healing abilities to repair
cartilage defects. Successfully used to treat cartilage damage in both
the knee and shoulder.
Cartilage cell transplantation (ACI procedure)
Cartilage cell transplantation is one of the newest and most exciting
developments in successfully treating knee joint pain. A patient’s
own cells are harvested and grown in a laboratory culture. In a second
procedure, the cells are re-implanted in the knee to repair and resurface
areas where there’s been cartilage loss. Available at fewer than
50 medical centers in the country, ACI procedures allow us to restore
mobility and range of motion without using an artificial joint in both
the knee and shoulder.
Cartilage “plugs” (OATS procedure)
Used to successfully treat isolated areas of cartilage damage, a small
section of the patient’s own bone and cartilage is removed from
an area that does not bear weight to serve as donor cartilage. The donor
bone and cartilage is then transferred to the damaged part of the knee
For larger areas of bone and cartilage loss, our surgeons can implant
a piece of donated cartilage and bone that eventually functions as the
patient’s own tissue. The OATS procedure is typically used only
on active individuals under 50 who have cartilage injuries and premature