A Treatment for Osteoarthritis
The ends of your bones are covered in articular cartilage, which helps the bones glide smoothly. While all joints in your body are subject to arthritis, it affects the knees more than any other joint.
Your knees support much of your body weight. Over time, knee cartilage can sustain a great deal of wear and tear and begin to degenerate, resulting in osteoarthritis. The condition is progressive. Many people eventually end up needing a knee replacement.
Knee pain due to Osteoarthritis
If you are experiencing chronic knee pain due to osteoarthritis, cartilage transplantation is a treatment option that can help prevent the need for partial or full knee replacement at a later date.
With this innovative procedure, cartilage is harvested from a healthy joint in your body and transplanted to the affected area. In Dallas and Frisco, board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon Dr. Robert Berry of Sports Physicians Orthopedics and Rehabilitation of Texas (SPORT) is an expert in the cartilage transplant procedure.
Cartilage transplants have been utilized for more than a decade with the latest techniques improving outcomes for patients due to smaller incisions, smaller patches that cover the defect, and the use of a patient’s own cells. As a result of these advances, patients are experiencing less pain and faster recovery.
Those with isolated full-thickness cartilage defects make the best candidates for cartilage transplantation. However, multiple defects can be treated with a single procedure.
Depending on the size and location of the lesion, recovery time can, on average, be achieved within six to nine months. Cartilage transplant patients come to SPORT from Dallas, Plano, Frisco, McKinney, Prosper, and other nearby locations. To find out if you’re a suitable candidate for knee cartilage transplant, arrange a consultation with Dr. Berry by calling (469) 200-2832 or you can request an appointment online.