Injured cartilage usually doesn’t heal on its own, but advanced medical techniques like cartilage transplantation help to repair this important tissue. Orthopedic surgeon Michael Trice, MD, at Complete Orthopaedics in Houston, Texas, is one of the country’s leading experts in cartilage transplantation. To find out if you’re a good candidate for a cartilage transplant, call or book an appointment online today.
A cartilage transplant is a cutting-edge surgical procedure that uses advanced techniques to repair damaged cartilage.
Dr. Trice has been a trailblazer in cartilage transplantation and is one of the most experienced orthopedic surgeons to offer this procedure. He treats his patients the way he would want to be treated and uses the most advanced techniques available.
In a healthy joint, articular cartilage covers the ends of your bones and allows easy movement with little to no friction. Injuries and conditions like arthritis can damage this cartilage, causing joint pain and difficulty moving.
Though Dr. Trice can perform a cartilage transplant on almost any joint, the knee is the most common treatment site. He may also use this technique to repair cartilage in your shoulder or ankle.
As a leader in cartilage transplant surgery, Dr. Trice has extensive expertise treating various types of cartilage, including:
Articular cartilage provides a smooth, slippery coating to the ends of your bones. You have articular cartilage in many joints, including your knee and shoulder. An injury that damages this cartilage can cause joint pain and increase your risk of long-term problems like arthritis.
There are two C-shaped pads of cartilage in your knee joint called menisci. A meniscus tear is a common sports injury that typically doesn’t heal on its own. If the meniscus tear is too severe for Dr. Trice to treat with arthroscopy, a cartilage transplant may be necessary.
First, Dr. Trice carefully reviews your medical history and performs a physical exam to make sure you’re a good candidate for a cartilage transplant. Then, he develops an individualized treatment plan for your specific needs.
During cartilage transplantation, Dr. Trice implants healthy cartilage cells into the joint. Depending on the type, size, and location of your cartilage problem, the cells may come from you, a donor, or a combination of both.
Cartilage transplants typically require open surgery, but Dr. Trice may perform your procedure with minimally invasive arthroscopy if possible.
For expert care in cartilage transplant surgery, call Complete Orthopaedics, or book an appointment online today.