ACI (Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation) is a surgical procedure that involves transplanting healthy cartilage cells from one area of the patient’s body to repair damaged cartilage in another area. The procedure is typically used to treat cartilage damage in the knee, but it can also be used in other joints such as the ankle, hip, or shoulder.
During an arthroscopic ACI cartilage transplant, the surgeon will make a small incision and insert an arthroscope, which is a small camera, into the joint. The camera provides a view of the damaged area and guides the surgeon as they remove a small sample of healthy cartilage from a non-weight-bearing area of the patient’s joint.
The healthy cartilage cells are then sent to a laboratory, where they are cultured and multiplied over a period of several weeks. Once enough cells have been grown, the patient returns for a second surgery, during which the newly-grown cartilage cells are implanted into the damaged area of the joint. The cells are held in place with a patch or membrane, and the patient will need to avoid putting weight on the joint for a period of time to allow the new cartilage to fully integrate and heal.
The goal of arthroscopic ACI cartilage transplant is to relieve pain and restore function in the joint by repairing the damaged cartilage. It is typically performed on patients who have experienced cartilage damage due to injury, arthritis, or other conditions. The procedure is considered a relatively new and innovative treatment for cartilage damage, and while it has shown promising results in many cases, it may not be appropriate for all patients.
Arthroscopic ACI (Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation) cartilage transplant is a surgical procedure that is used to repair damaged cartilage in a joint. The procedure involves taking healthy cartilage cells from a patient’s own body and implanting them into the damaged area of the joint to encourage the growth of new cartilage. This procedure is typically used to treat patients with cartilage damage in the knee, although it may also be used in other joints such as the ankle or shoulder. The goal of the procedure is to relieve pain, improve joint function, and potentially delay or prevent the need for joint replacement surgery.