The OSTEOARTHRITIS DEPARTMENT => KNEE ARTHRITIS - Articular cartilage repair => CARTILAGE REPAIR - ACI & MACI (autologous/matrix-induced autologous chondrocyte implantation) => Topic started by: beach on March 11, 2003, 08:05:36 PM

Title: cartledge transplant
Post by: beach on March 11, 2003, 08:05:36 PM
I'm new to this forum.
I'm trying to find someone who has had a cartledge transplant done?
My doctor recommends the one that uses a cadaver rather then my own tissue.
I've had 4 surguries so far, I'm 40 yrs old. Had knee problems since I was 15.
I'm trying to wait as long as I can, but I hate walking around with a cane. I am tired of not being able to walk, like I used to.
Is this surgury worth it?  >:(
Title: Re: cartledge transplant
Post by: The KNEEguru on March 12, 2003, 01:32:39 AM
Hi and welcome.
Are you meaning 'meniscal cartilage' (the knee shock absorber or meniscus) or 'hyaline cartilage' (the white gristle or joint covering at the end of the long bones?
Title: Re: cartledge transplant
Post by: beach on March 12, 2003, 02:29:17 AM
'hyaline cartilage' , the white stuff that is around the end of the bones, the femar for my situation.
Title: Re: cartledge transplant
Post by: neil on March 12, 2003, 06:41:14 AM
 i am actually going to independent medical examiner weds to hopefully be cleared so i can have cartalige harvested and grown then put in where i have none. i will let you know how it goes. i have 2 surgeons recommend it, workers comp want ime to determine if it is for me as apposed to cadaver. the surgeon i see tomorrow was on congressional panel that approved carticel in 1997.  i would ask your surgeon about carticel, it is your own, so yur body should accept it.  they harvest  a piece of yours andd grow it in lab, very expensive but from all i  have been told and found out it is highly successfull and will become more prevelant over cadaver transplants.  i will let you know.
Title: Re: cartledge transplant
Post by: JessToni on March 12, 2003, 03:12:39 PM

I saw you in the the other discussion thread on osteochondritis dissecans.  I didn't realize you were thinking of having the cadaver cartilage procedure done.  Hopefully my surgery will be soon and I can let you know how it turns out.  I have heard a lot of good things about allograft surgery so i hopeful about it.

Title: Re: cartledge transplant
Post by: Jo_Gibson on March 12, 2003, 05:55:37 PM
Hi Guys!

Wow - cant believe I have found this site - what a stroke of luck!

I am actually 3 months post my cartilage transplant surgery ( to my articular cartilage at the end of my femur).  I had my operation at The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore UK.  I had my own cells harvested by arthroscopy. They were then grown on a matrix of pig cells (!) and placed back into my knee through open surgery.
It certainly has been a long journey and the rehabilitation is slow, but it has definately been worth it.  The proceedure is only on trial here so I feel very lucky compaired to the alternatives available.

Would be great to share experiences/info with anyone who has had/or waiting for the operation. I think we are few and far between!   :)
Title: Re: cartledge transplant
Post by: Linda on March 12, 2003, 09:20:37 PM
Hi Beach,

I am 18 weeks post op from the ACI surgery. That is the one where they take your cells, grow them, then replace them. So far I would say that it has been worth it. The slow rehab is very trying though. I am in tons less pain, and already able to do more that before the surgery.

Good luck to you!