• What You Need to Know About Carticel Transplants

    A Carticel transplant is an orthopaedic surgery to repair torn cartilage in the knee. It involves the use of the patient’s own articular cartilage cells to produce millions of new cells called chondrocytes. An orthopaedic doctor may recommend this treatment for patients with torn knee cartilage, which may be indicated by knee pain, swelling, and inability to bear weight. These injuries can be caused by sudden trauma from a fall or gradual wear and tear damage.

    You can watch this video to learn more about cartilage tears and Carticel transplants. You will learn that the orthopaedic surgeon must first take a biopsy of your articular cartilage for processing in a lab. Then, the surgeon removes the damaged tissue and injects the new chondrocytes.

    At MK Orthopaedics , our orthopaedic doctors serving Joliet, Bolingbrook, and Plainfield offer a full range of sports medicine services, including Carticel transplants and ACL tear treatments. Call (815) 741-6900 for an appointment with an orthopaedic doctor.