Cartilage transplantation is an innovative surgical procedure that makes it possible to heal cartilage defects with the help of the body's own articular cartilage cells. At the site of defect original cartilaginous tissue grows.
In the first step, cartilage cells are removed from the patient by a minimally invasive procedure (arthroscopy). In a special laboratory, the cartilage cells are first multiplied and subsequently settled on a carrier membrane. This cartilage cell-containing membrane is implanted in a second surgical procedure over a 3 to 4 cm section in the damaged joint. The cartilage cells continue to multiply, while the carrier membrane degrades without residue. Within about 8 weeks cartilage defect is completely filled up.
Cartilage cell transplantation is suitable for younger patients (<50 years) who are at an early stage of joint wear, i. the cartilage is severely damaged at a circumscribed site of the joint (stage IV) in the remaining joint, however, no further significant cartilage damage is present.
In patients with severe osteoarthritis, cartilage transplantation can no longer be performed. Chondrocyte transplantation should also be avoided in elderly patients with more X- or O-leg position, or patients with severe general conditions. Here, other measures to treat osteoarthritis need to be considered.
The joint must be relieved during the first 8 weeks after cartilage transplantation, i. the patient must use walking sticks. Nevertheless, it is important to move the knee a lot during this time. For this purpose, if necessary, a special movement rail (CPM rail) is used which continuously moves the leg passively.
Accompanying a gentle physiotherapy is performed. After about 8 weeks, normal walking without walking sticks is usually possible. Approximately 3 months after surgery patients can cycle, walk or cross-country without any problems. Sports bearing a lot of stress, such as tennis, football, skiing, etc., should be avoided for a period of one year, depending on the size or extent of the defect. After the necessary regeneration phase there is a complete cure of the cartilage damage and thus again full sports ability.
The cartilage transplantation is already possible at a price from €8,000. Please send us your inquiry with a current x-ray image to get a detailed estimate cost.
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Which joint problems does cartilage transplantation help with?
Cartilage transplantation is used for locally limited cartilage damage, often after an accident. If there is already a pronounced osteoarthritis with inflammation, formation of bone spurs and large-scale cartilage loss in the joint, the formation of biological replacement cartilage is no longer promising. Then, depending on the extent of the damage and arthritis development, a partial or full denture is recommended.
Prerequisite for a successful cartilage transplantation is a vital cartilage environment in the knee around the damaged area. The patients of a cartilage transplantation are therefore rather younger, than with the operation of a knee prosthesis.
There is no fixed age limit for cartilage transplantation, as the biological age decides. Cartilage transplantation can repair cartilage damage without disadvantages or side effects. It is important that the treated joint does not show any marked arthrosis and that the menisci, ligaments and bones are largely intact.
In the long term, autologous cartilage transplantation is therapeutically superior to microfracturing because it replicates true articular cartilage with cartilage cells. The body's own cartilage is reproduced in the laboratory and implanted at the site of the defect approximately six to eight weeks later. After three months of relief with forearm crutches, these cartilage cells again form true articular cartilage.
After a few years, the results of cartilage transplantation are significantly better than after microfracturing. The only drawback of cartilage transplantation is that it requires two operations at intervals of six to eight weeks, removal and implantation, as well as longer rehabilitation with relief of the joint.