This repairs damaged articular cartilage in your knee. That's a type of cartilage that covers and protects the ends of your bones. Repairing it helps you stay active.
There are several methods for fixing a bad spot in your cartilage. Your surgeon can clean away the bad cartilage and use an awl, drill or burr to cause tiny injuries to the bone underneath it. This triggers a healing response. It stimulates your body to rebuild the cartilage naturally.
Or, your surgeon may recommend implanting new cartilage cells. To do this, a small sample of your healthy cartilage is removed. It's sent to a lab, where it is cultured to grow new cells. Then, you come back and have them placed into the bad spot in your knee. They will grow into healthy new cartilage.
Your surgeon can also fix your knee by transplanting some cartilage from one part of your knee to another. Or, donor cartilage can be used.
Talk to your doctor to find out what type of cartilage repair may be right for you.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.