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Cartilage Replacement and Transplantation

Cartilage plays a crucial role in joint function. This tissue acts as a cushion between the bones that come together in the joint, reducing friction and wear. Through normal wear and tear, cartilage can be worn thin; aging and continuous use can slowly deteriorate the cartilage lining in joints. Injuries and trauma can also damage cartilage. When cartilage is lost, the friction during joint movement can cause inflammation and pain, limiting mobility. It can also lead to osteoarthritis and further deterioration of the joint.

Dr. Kerisimasi Reynolds offers cartilage repair and transplantation treatments at his orthopedic practice. Since cartilage cannot regenerate on its own, specialized methods are used to stimulate repair, or cartilage is transplanted from other sources. Repairing damaging cartilage can offer pain relief and improve function, as well as help prevent or delay the onset of arthritis in the joint.

Treatments Options for Repairing Damaged Cartilage

Thin or damaged cartilage can be repaired in several ways. Supplementation of certain nutrients can be beneficial to help with minimal damage to cartilage from normal wear and tear. However, for more intrusive cartilage damage, medical intervention may be needed. Some options that Dr. Reynolds offers for cartilage repair include:

  • Abrasion arthroplasty – removing damaged cartilage through high-speed burrs
  • Drilling – removing the damage areas of cartilage and drilling small holes in the bone to stimulate healing in the joint
  • Microfracture surgery – removal of damaged cartilage and creating tiny incisions in the bone to stimulate blood flow and healing
  • Osteochondral autograft transplantation surgery, or OATS – harvesting cartilage from another joint and transplanting to replace damaged cartilage in a joint

The best technique for cartilage repair depends on the patient and the extent of the damage. Dr. Reynolds can evaluate the affected joint and recommend the best treatment option. Contact his practice to schedule a consultation to learn more about cartilage repair and transplantation options for improved joint function and pain relief.

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