Cartilage Repair

Injuries to articular cartilage are increasingly recognized as a significant source of pain and dysfunction in active individuals.  Cartilage injuries are complex, most commonly involve the knee and often include other injuries such as meniscal tears and tears of ligaments such as the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).  The surgeons at Sports and Orthopaedic Specialists who specialize in caring for these injuries have fellowship training in the area with internationally recognized cartilage experts at institutions such as Harvard University and Rush University.  They offer operative services including autologous chondrocyte implantation ("ACI" or "Carticel"), osteochondral allograft transplantation, osteochondral autograft transplantation ("OATS"), meniscal transplantation and osteotomies, as well as care for associated ligamentous (ACL) and other injuries.  Although these techniques are most commonly needed and applied to cartilage injuries in the knee, our surgeons are also successfully using them when needed in the shoulder and elbow.  Additionally, our surgeons emphasize a comprehensive rehabilitation following cartilage reconstructive procedures, utilizing cutting edge protocols and technologies such as the anti-gravity Alter-G treadmill in order to facilitate the recovery process.

To learn more about cartilage and cartilage repair, please watch the video animations below.