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The Cartilage Restoration Institute

Every day people injure the cartilage in their knees, shoulders and other joints. Regardless of the cause, the result is the same: tremendous pain that makes it difficult to enjoy your daily life.  In many cases, these injuries happen to people too young to undergo artificial joint replacement surgery.  This is where skilled surgeons of the OrthoCarolina Cartilage Restoration Institute step in.

Knee cartilage injuries can happen during sports activities, at work, or simply doing everyday activities.  When damaged, symptoms such as pain, swelling, locking or catching in the joint, and a loss of mobility can occur. Knee cartilage cannot heal itself, and if left untreated, may get worse over time. Luckily, for young, active, adult patients, there are surgical alternatives that have been shown to potentially solve these problems.



  •  Cartilage Damage
  •  Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD Lesions)
  •  Meniscus Tears



Your descriptions talk about cartilage repair in young, active adult patients. I and active and adult, but not young -- I am a very fit and active 60 year old with a 2 mm OCD (MRI July 31). Yes, it's small NOW. However I fear that time is not on my side and the 2MM OCD along with its discomfort and limitations will just get worse. I am not ready to stop being active and I certainly am not ready for a knee replacement. Are these cartilage procedures ever done on older very fit and active patients such as myself?
- Shari Altman
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OrthoCarolina says:
Hi there Shari, Yes, we can absolutely help! Please contact us at 704.323.3000 so we can schedule a time to see you. Thank you!
Say a person has a significant size defect on his lateral femoral condyle. Can a person get the OATS plug(s) in the middle of the area, and get microfracture with mesenchymal stem cells injected at that time or shortly thereafter, and followed-up with injections of cartilage growth factors? These are all approved techniques, but I have never seen them used in combination. (And could they later do microfracture on the donor area for the OATS plug(s). I figure getting an OATS plug is a very reliable way to do cartilage repair, and it heals quickly. And, with the OATS plugs healed, the patient can stand on the leg in about 90 days, and that OATS plug will provide protection for the surrounding areas which got the microfracture treatment with stem cells injected, and followed-up with regular growth factor injections to better ensure a good outcome. This seems like a no-brainer. These are the treatments that have have been used, have worked, and can work together very well -- complimenting each other. Or would it be cost prohibitive to do all this to a knee? And what would the cost be for all this for one knee? A ball park estimate would be fine.
- Are combination knee cartilage treatments available?
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OrthoCarolina says:
Hi there...thank you for the note and question. Please feel free to contact our Cartilage Institute directly at 704.323.3000.

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