Cartilage Replacement Surgery for Athletes From Freehold, NJ & Surrounding Communities
Cartilage replacement is a surgical procedure designed to relieve pain and enhance mobility in a joint that has sustained cartilage damage, which usually does not heal well on its own. Cartilage is a rubbery tissue that cushions the ends of bones where they come together in a joint, allowing the bones to glide smoothly against each other. While this tissue is resilient, damage can occur through sports-related trauma, such as excessive twisting or a direct impact to a joint, which can lead to pain, swelling, and stiffness. To address injuries of this type, the outstanding sports medicine specialists at New Jersey Sports Medicine work closely with our specialized team of cartilaginous injury experts to replace, repair, and regenerate damaged cartilage for athletes of all ages and levels in Freehold, NJ.
At New Jersey Sports Medicine, cartilage replacement surgery is performed by board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons who have extensive experience in treating cartilage injuries. These procedures may be performed at an outpatient surgery center in Freehold, New Jersey, or at a nearby hospital. Depending on a patient’s specific needs, we might recommend one of the following types of cartilage replacement or restoration surgery:
- Osteochondral autograft transplantation – The transfer of bone and cartilage from a low-load area of a knee or other joint to a damaged area of the joint
- Osteochondral allograft transplant – The replacement of damaged cartilage with donor cartilage
- Autologous chondrocyte implantation – The transplantation of a patient’s own cartilage cells, which are harvested through arthroscopic surgery
- Microfracture surgery – An arthroscopic procedure designed to stimulate cartilage regeneration
Following any type of cartilage repair or regeneration surgery, a patient’s treatment plan will usually include specialized physical therapy. As athletes treating athletes, the sports medicine physicians at New Jersey Sports Medicine have a unique perspective, and we understand that our patients want to get back into the game as quickly and safely as possible. To further streamline each patient’s experience, our building in Freehold, NJ, serves as a one-stop facility for both physician appointments and physical therapy.
While many patients can benefit from cartilage replacement surgery, the best candidates for these procedures are typically young adults who have a single joint injury, such as a meniscal tear that requires knee cartilage replacement. For older individuals and those with multiple injuries, we may recommend an alternative procedure, such as joint realignment or a partial or total joint replacement.
If you live in or around Freehold, NJ, and are experiencing sports-related joint pain or reduced function, call New Jersey Sports Medicine to schedule an appointment with an experienced joint specialist and learn more about cartilage replacement surgery and other treatment options.