Cartilage Restoration Specialist

Jupiter Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Orthopedic Surgeons located in Jupiter, FL

Cartilage Restoration

What is cartilage?

Cartilage has many functions in the human body, but is most commonly thought of as covering the ends of bones providing a smooth surface for movement through a joint. When damaged, it can be a source for debilitating pain, swelling, and loss of motion/ function of the joint. It can also lead to mechanical symptoms such as a sense of giving way, clunking, catching or locking.

What treatment exists?

As with many injuries, non-operative management is tried initially. It can range from avoiding painful activities to injections into the joint with a steroid, hyaluronic acid, and/or platelet rich plasma (PRP). If the injury remains symptomatic, the surgeon may recommend one of several cartilage restoration procedures. These procedures include but are not limited to:

  • Osteochondral allograft plugs (cadaver tissue)
  • Osteochondral autograft plugs (own patient’s tissue)
  • Matrix-induced Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation (MACI)
  • Microfracture

The patient’s lower limb alignment will be determined prior to surgery. Often, the alignment causes unequal stress across the joint and can be a cause of the injury. In such cases, an osteotomy, or precise cutting of the bone, is needed to restore a more normal alignment to help to long term success of the cartilage.