Cartilage is an incredibly strong connective tissue that allows for smooth joint movement and acts as a shock cushion to prevent bone-on-bone contact during active motion. Cartilage is unfortunately subject to damage and degenerative diseases, a problem considering its crucial role. Painful conditions resulting from injury, disease or wear-and-tear can be treated by medical cartilage restoration procedures.
Cartilage restoration therapy is an arthroscopic procedure that aims at repairing or replacing damaged cartilage before serious deterioration occurs. Surgeons at IBJI utilize this less-invasive approach as an alternative option to speed up recovery time and relieve pain.
Why Cartilage Restoration Therapy Can Be Necessary
The bones cause painful friction as they rub and grind against one another when cartilage breaks down. Cartilage restoration therapy is a beneficial approach to relieve degenerative cartilage-caused joint pain, since cartilage cannot regenerate on its own accord. This surgery is most commonly performed for cartilage ailments of the knee but can be performed in the ankle and shoulder as well.
Cartilage Restoration Therapy at IBJI
The Illinois Bone & Joint Institute offers unique treatment opportunities to our patients. We are dedicated to raising the bar on new techniques and utilizing new technology to create a better patient experience. Discuss your eligibility with our experienced orthopedic surgeons to see if cartilage restoration therapy will work for you. Contact an IBJI location and schedule a consultation appointment today.
The following examples are techniques and procedures commonly practiced to perform cartilage restoration.
- Abrasion Arthroplasty
- Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation
- Osteochondral Autograft Transplantation
- Osteochondral Allograft Transplantation