New Surgical Options Expand Treatment Choices for Ankle OA

Cartilage cells can now be harvested, grown in a lab, and used to repair a painful joint-all while eliminating the risks of traditional procedures.

If you have advanced arthritis in the ankle and havent responded to traditional treatment, you may be a candidate for either of two relatively new procedures. One is called autologous chondrocyte implantation (ACI), the other is called matrix-induced autologous implantation (MACI), and both are supported by a growing body of clinical evidence. In the ACI procedure, the surgeon first uses arthroscopic surgery to identify the area of damage, then removes cartilage cells from the ankle or even the knee, and those cells are multiplied in a laboratory for four to six weeks. Once the cells are grown, another surgical procedure-called an osteotomy-is performed to implant the cells.
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