Matrix-associated autologous chondrocyte implantation (MACI) is a relatively new, FDA-approved procedure that is performed to replace isolated areas of damaged cartilage in the knee joint. ORA Orthopedics offers this advanced musculoskeletal treatment at our state-of-the-art joint preservation and restoration centers throughout the Quad Cities. We encourage you to consult with one of our specialists about your treatment options if a cartilage injury is impacting your quality of life.
MACI may be a viable treatment option for patients with smaller portions of damaged cartilage, as a more comprehensive approach is required for those with extensive damage from chronic conditions like arthritis. During the MACI procedure, a surgeon assesses the inside of the knee joint through an arthroscope – a small, pencil-like instrument with a tiny camera attached to the end – and takes a small sample of the cartilage. This sample is taken to a clinical lab where its cells are used to grow new cells on a membrane scaffold. When compared to traditional cartilage replacement techniques, this approach allows the patient to experience more fluid movement and less risk of infection once the membrane is implanted back into the patient’s knee.
At ORA Orthopedics, we understand that the thought of replacing cartilage in a key joint may be a little intimidating. That is why our specialists take the time to carefully explain every detail of the MACI procedure to help patients make informed and confident decisions about their joint health. We also offer several advanced conservative treatments that may help patients with cartilage damage find relief from their symptoms without surgery.
Contact ORA Orthopedics today to learn more about our approach to matrix-associated autologous chondrocyte implantation. ORA Orthopedics is proud to provide the Quad Cities with accessible, world-class orthopedic care.