Cartilage Replacement Surgery and Other Advanced Treatment Options for Residents of Jackson, NJ
Cartilage replacement is a surgical procedure that may be recommended to relieve pain, improve function, or prevent the progression of arthritis in a joint. Designed to address a small area of damage caused by a traumatic or sport-related injury to a knee or other joint, cartilage replacement is usually not indicated for treating advanced arthritis. Even so, there may be other conservative options, such as injections and physical therapy, that can be attempted before total joint replacement is considered. The experienced cartilaginous injury experts and sports medicine specialists at New Jersey Sports Medicine in Jackson, NJ, work together to develop individualized treatment plans to achieve the best possible outcomes for our patients.
Cartilage is a rubbery tissue that covers the bone surfaces within a joint, absorbing shock and allowing for smooth, gliding movement. Over time, this important connective tissue can begin to break down due to age-related degeneration (osteoarthritis). Because cartilage has no direct blood supply, its capacity to repair itself is limited. For some patients, cartilage replacement may be a solution for the resulting pain and inflammation.
The board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons at New Jersey Sports Medicine in Jackson, New Jersey, are highly skilled and experienced in performing advanced cartilage replacement procedures. Some of the techniques they use include:
- Osteochondral autograft transplantation – A surgeon obtains cartilage “plugs” from a non-weight-bearing area of a joint and then transfers the tissue to a site of cartilage damage.
- Osteochondral allograft transplant – Donor cartilage is used (in place of a patient’s own tissue) to replace damaged cartilage.
- Microfracture surgery – Using a specialized surgical instrument called an awl, a surgeon creates a series of tiny holes in the bone underneath an injured joint surface (subchondral bone) to promote blood circulation and stimulate healing
- Abrasion arthroplasty – A surgeon completes this type of cartilage replacement surgery using specialized, high-speed burs (which serve a purpose similar to that of an awl used in microfracture surgery).
Following cartilage replacement, a customized physical therapy regimen may be recommended to enhance the results of the surgery. To help ensure a meaningful and highly streamlined experience for each patient, New Jersey Sports Medicine is set up as a “one-stop shop” where our patients can come for both their physician appointments and physical therapy sessions.
If you live, work, or play in the Jackson, NJ, area and are experiencing joint pain or a reduced range of motion, you can discuss cartilage replacement and other treatment options with an experienced sports medicine specialist at New Jersey Sports Medicine. To learn more, contact us today.