Cartilage Transplantation

Though joint replacement surgeries can be highly successful in restoring the function of damaged joints in the body, these procedures are not appropriate for all patients—particularly those who are still in early adulthood. Knee replacement surgeries only last about 10-15 years, so individuals in their 20s, 30s, 40s, and even early 50s may not wish to have this type of surgery so early in life. Thankfully, there is a suitable alternative to preserve the knee joint rather than replace the joint entirely. Cartilage transplantation is one option available at MK Orthopaedics in Joliet, where patients can find a personalized, compassionate approach to pain management related to injuries and degeneration of the knee joints.

Why Cartilage Wears Away in the Knees

Cartilage is a unique substance in the body, and it is essential to proper joint function. The cartilage found on the ends of bones allows for lubrication of the joints, so that they can move freely without causing pain or discomfort. Due to the incredible pressure that the knees are under during daily activities, they may begin to see wear and tear of the cartilage, which will only worsen over time, because the cartilage is unable to regenerate or repair itself. As cartilage dissipates, there is increased friction in the knees, which irritates the nerve endings in the bones, causing severe pain and instability.

What Cartilage Transplantation Can Do

For patients who are not ideal candidates for knee replacement primarily due to young age, cartilage transplantation can be an ideal solution. This procedure can facilitate activities that have been limited by pain and stiffness in the knees, allowing the restoration of an active and healthy lifestyle. Here’s a closer look at the benefits you can expect from the Carticel Transplant Procedure.

  • Reduce Friction and Soreness
  • Restore Mobility
  • Avoid Knee Replacement

Typically, the age range of patients undergoing cartilage transplants is 15-55, though some insurance companies will cap eligibility for the procedure at 50. Patients must have cartilage damage in areas that make contact with other bones within the joint, and they must have a BMI of 35 or lower to insure that there is not too much pressure on the knee joints following surgery.

At MK Orthopaedics, we provide comprehensive care for knee injuries to provide the appropriate type of treatment for your needs. We will not limit your options and recommend procedures that are not an ideal fit, and we specialize in minimally invasive surgeries to reduce your downtime. Give us a call or visit our website today to learn more about our services or schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Mukund Komanduri at our Joliet practice.