Articular cartilage is the weight-bearing surface in joints.
Injury to articular cartilage typically causes pain on activity, catching and swelling of the joint.
Articular cartilage is the weight-bearing surface in joints, and cannot repair itself. Injury to articular cartilage typically causes pain on activity, catching and swelling of the joint. If left untreated, degeneration and eventual osteoarthritis can result. Sports injuries are the prime cause of cartilage damage in 16-50 year olds.
Some treatment options aim to create a ‘scar’ over the damage. Chondrocyte transplantation (MACI), however, is durable treatment that can regenerate the damaged cartilage.
MACI is typically considered for cartilage damage that causes symptoms in a knee that is not unstable, and in a patient motivated for rehabilitation. For very small areas of damage other treatments can be effective, for larger areas of injury, however, MACI can be the best solution.
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A sample of the patients' own cartilage, harvested by keyhole surgery, is grown and expanded in a laboratory. These cells are then re-implanted in the damaged area.
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The treatment described on this page may be adapted to meet your individual needs, so it's important to follow your healthcare professional's advice and raise any questions that you may have with them.