The latest advancement in surgical technology allows the harvesting of a patient's own cells for use in repairing damaged or defective cartilage.
Biosurgery is an option if you:
- Have pain and mobility restrictions
- Have had a poor response to prior arthroscopic or other procedures
How does Vericel work?
Vericel is a biological product used to repair your articular cartilage damage. These cultured cells are put back into your knee during a procedure called Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation (ACI).
The procedure is two-fold. First, a small biopsy of your healthy cartilage is grown until there are enough to repair your defect (usually takes five weeks). The cells are then sent back to the provider, and the second step is the surgery itself.
An incision will be made in your knee, and the damaged tissues will be cleared away. The lesion will then be covered with a patch taken from tissue covering your shin bone (tibia). The newly grown cartilage cells are then injected under the patch into the lession. The cells attach to the bone, multiply and mature to form a cartilage repair.
Will I need physical therapy following the procedure?
All patients undergoing Vericel® (autologous cultured chondrocytes) implantation will need to follow a prescribed rehabilitation program.
When does physical therapy start?
Within 6 - 24 hours of surgery you will begin using a CPM (continuous passive motion) machine. A CPM machine helps to restore extension and flexion (complete motion) to your knee without the use of muscle groups. The machine moves a joint through a defined (prescribed) range of motion for an extended period of time. Physical therapy starts one week following surgery. Specific therapy programs may vary from patient to patient.