Autologous cartilage-cell implantation

Autologous chondrocyte implantation

A treatment to repair damage in the articular cartilage of your knee

About cartilage-cell implantation

Autologous cartilage-cell implantation provides pain relief and delays the need for partial or total knee replacement surgery.

The aim of the implantation is to allow you to return to your old lifestyle; regaining mobility, returning to work and even playing sports again. It forms part of a clinical research project.

Need to know

  • What happens during cartilage-cell implantation? icon plus

    The technique requires two operations. The first is to take a sample of normal cartilage cells from your knee joint. A sheet of new cartilage is then grown in our laboratory. The second is to re-implant and resurface the cartilage defects within your knee joint.
  • How to prepare for surgery icon plus

    Your consultant will tell you how best to prepare for this procedure.
  • After  surgery icon plus

    Following implantation you will have a period of restricted weight-bearing on your affected leg for up to eight weeks. During this time an intensive course of physiotherapy will be recommended.

    A return to physical activities usually takes about six months, with a full return to physical sports taking between nine and twelve months based on your recovery rate.

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We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced knee consultants. We can also make imaging and outpatient physiotherapy appointments for you.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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