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

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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Surgical cartilage repair for knee osteoarthritis

An overview of the various options available for surgical cartilage repair of the knee.

A simple flowchart with links to show the possible interventions in cases of knee arthritis.

This is the editor's 'interpretation' of a 2011 publication in the medical journals that gives an overview of cartilage injury, a brief description of current treatment options and outcomes, and a discussion of principles and techniques of MACI.

Biologic Knee Replacement

A course by knee surgeon, Dr Kevin R Stone M.D. of the Stone Clinic in San Francisco, California, USA.

Articular cartilage repair

A short but sound overview of the issue of damage to the joint cartilage, and what can be done about it.

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