CartiFill is a regenerative medical treatment that provides a safe and effective treatment for articular cartilage repair.

Why you might need it

In the human body articular cartilage can be found at the joints between bones; for example the knee and ankle joints. Articular cartilage provides a resilient and cushioning surface for the bones in joints, and it also provides a low-friction surface to enable free movement of the joint.

Cartilage can become damaged for a variety of reasons including a bad fall, a traumatic sports accident, previous knee injuries or general wear and tear. The body’s natural healing process to regenerate damaged articular cartilage is slow because the cartilage does not have a blood supply which is essential to regenerate tissue.

The benefit of using CartiFill is to help accelerate the natural healing process and the recovery period is therefore shorter.

CartiFill is an advanced regenerative medical device that provides a safe and effective treatment for articular cartilage repair. Often CartiFill will be used alongside other techniques that are already commonly used to repair articular cartilage.

Who will do it?

Our patients are at the heart of what we do and we want you to be in control of your care. To us, that means you can choose the consultant you want to see, and when you want. They'll be with you every step of the way.

All of our consultants are of the highest calibre and benefit from working in our modern, well-equipped hospitals.

Our consultants have high standards to meet, often holding specialist NHS posts and delivering expertise in complex sub-specialty surgeries. Many of our consultants have international reputations for their research in their specialised field.

Before your treatment

You will have a formal consultation with a healthcare professional. During this time you will be able to explain your medical history, symptoms and raise any concerns that you might have.

We will also discuss with you whether any further diagnostic tests, such as scans or blood tests, are needed. Any additional costs will be discussed before further tests are carried out.

Preparing for your treatment

We've tried to make your experience with us as easy and relaxed as possible.

For more information on visiting hours, our food, what to pack if you're staying with us, parking and all those other important practicalities, please visit our patient information pages.

Our dedicated team will also give you tailored advice to follow in the run up to your visit.

Your treatment may be adapted to meet your individual needs, so it's important to follow the advice that we give to you. It's natural to feel anxious before hospital treatment, but knowing what to expect can help. Please raise any concerns or questions with us so that you feel comfortable and in control.

The procedure

The minimally-invasive procedure can be carried out as a day case, with a recovery time of up to six weeks. Alternative treatments involve at least three days in hospital and a minimum eight-week recovery.


A rehabilitation programme is hugely important for regenerating healthy cartilage. Your surgeon will plan an appropriate rehabilitation programme for you after the surgery.

Your surgeon or anaesthetist will explain possible risks associated with surgical procedures. Any specific risks that may be applicable to you because of your medical history and current medical status will also be considered and discussed.

How much does it cost?

A fixed price for this treatment may be available on enquiry and following an initial consultation.

We are committed to delivering excellent individual care and customer service across our network of hospitals, clinics and specialist care centres around the UK. Our dedicated and highly trained team aim to achieve consistently excellent results. For us it's more than just treating patients, it's about looking after people.

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Important to note

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.