Knee wear and tear happens to all of us. Whether it’s from age, activity, or an accident, knee cartilage damage can result in pain and immobility and prevent you from doing the activities that you love the most. Whatever the reason, you can’t let the condition continue to deteriorate. Take action with help from the best surgeons in Los Angeles at the Knee Surgery Center of Excellence. They are experts in the most advanced and effective treatments for knee pain including natural cartilage regeneration.
What Is Cartilage Regrowth?
Think of cartilage as the cushion that protects your bones from rubbing together and helps your joints move freely. But degenerative wear breaks down cartilage causing it to crack, split, and tear apart, and without the protective layer, more damage can follow.
At this point, you might consider joint replacement, but there’s an alternative treatment which could be better for you. It’s cartilage regeneration, and as the name implies, it’s a treatment applying cartilage regrowth techniques. The method uses a sophisticated medical procedure to grow new cartilage then transplants it to the damaged area of the knee.
The orthopedic surgeons of the Knee Surgery Center of Excellence will recommend the procedure when cartilage damage isn’t severe enough to warrant a joint replacement saving you the expense of surgery.
You Have Cartilage Regeneration Options
There are several options with this type of procedure. The recommended method will depend on the extent of cartilage damage and a patient’s medical condition. After examining a patient and performing diagnostics, the surgeon will advise one of the following:
• ACI Surgery (Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation): healthy cartilage cells from knee used to grow new cartilage which is then implanted on damaged knee
• OATS Repair (Osteochondral Autograft Resurfacing): implantation of healthy cartilage onto damaged knee
• Osteochondral Allograft Transplantation: cartilage and bone graft implanted on damaged knee area
Each of these does require a period of rehabilitation to restore strength, mobility, and range of movement. Since the knee is a weight-bearing joint, recovery can take up to a year, however, the stress on the body is far less than with a joint replacement.
Many patients ask about glucosamine and whether the supplement is helpful in cases of joint pain from osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease caused by arthritis). This is a natural chemical compound in the body and while it can be used as a supplement to ease the pain from arthritis, it is not a replacement treatment for cartilage.
Contact the Knee Surgery Specialists
If your life is affected by chronic knee pain from loss of cartilage, then consult with one of our specialists. Our surgeons are experts in treating degenerative knee conditions with the most advanced treatment options. To learn more about the Knee Surgery Center of Excellence or to schedule an appointment at our medical facility, call us today at 888.429.6865.