Matrix-induced autologous chondrocyte implantation - or MACI - is a technique of cartilage repair involving growing cells on a matrix.

chondrocyte harvest
A tiny bit of healthy cartilage is harvested from a non-weight-bearing part of the joint, and sent for culture.


Technique of MACI

The technique uses the patient's own cells, which are multiplied in a laboratory, 'seeded' onto a membrane and shipped back to the surgeon for the second stage of the process when the membrane is implanted into the defect in the knee.



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Dr Sheila Strover (Editor)
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