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Our knees take a big beating every day. If you are experiencing chronic knee pain, Baylor Scott & White - Plano offers knee cartilage transplants, a new treatment option for deteriorating knee cartilage that may prevent the need for a full knee replacement in the future. This new type of transplant is getting people back to their workouts faster.
How does the procedure work? Cartilage is harvested from a healthy joint in the patient’s body and transplanted to the area of deteriorating cartilage.
Who is a good candidate for the procedure? Ideal candidates are those with isolated full thickness cartilage defects, but multiple defects can be treated in a single operation.
Are cartilage transplants a new trend? Cartilage transplants have been used over the last 12 years, but new techniques have led to improved outcomes for patients as we can now use smaller incisions, smaller patches to cover the defect and use the patient’s own cells. These advances all lead to less pain for the patient.
What’s the recovery time? Recovery time varies from person to person and depends on the size and location of the lesion, but on average complete recovery can be achieved within 6 to 9 months.
Find an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine on the Baylor Scott & White - Plano medical staff here.
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