Cartilage Repair Using Autologous Chondrocytes – The Implantation

Cartilage defects of the knee joint can be repaired using cultured cartilage cells taken from the patient’s knee cartilage. The indications, contraindications and biopsy of the cartilage were previously discussed. You can click on this link to read the article. Click Here. In this article, I will explain how the cultured cartilage cells are implanted … Continue reading

Cartilage Repair Using Autologous Chondrocyte | HC Chang Orthopaedic Surgery

Full thickness cartilage defect of the knee can be repaired using Matrix-induced Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation (MACI). What is MACI? MACI implant is a 20cm2 (5 x 4cm) Type I/III collagen membrane seeded with up to 20 million autologous chondrocytes (living cartilage cells). This works out to approximately 1 million cells per cm2. The implant is … Continue reading

Treatment Options for Cartilage Damage | Cartilage Defects of the Knee

What is Cartilage? A type of tissue primarily found in the joints Fibrous, elastic tissue covering the bone surfaces in a joint. It has a sliding and impact-absorbing function. Smooth, slippery substance preventing the ends of bones from rubbing together. Unlike bone, cartilage does not contain blood vessels and lacks the ability to regenerate. It … Continue reading

What Happens When A Meniscus Tear is Neglected?

Meniscus is the shock absorption pads inside the knee joints.  We have 2 of them in each knee.  They are called the medial meniscus and the lateral meniscus.  Studies have shown that the medial meniscus absorbs 50% of the medial knee joint load while the lateral meniscus absorbs 70% of the lateral knee joint load. … Continue reading

Microfracture for Cartilage Defects

Microfracture is a surgical technique that has been developed to treat cartilage defects.  It is a common procedure used to treat patients with full thickness damage to the articular cartilage that goes all the way down to the bone.  This arthroscopic procedure was first introduced about 20 years ago by Dr Richard Steadman as a … Continue reading