Orthocell's Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation (Ortho-ACI®) offers an effective treatment for symptomatic defects of the articulating cartilage of the joints, predominately the knee and ankle.
Ortho-ACI® involves firstly a day procedure whereby healthy articular cartilage is arthroscopically harvested from the knee joint. This biopsied tissue is sent off to our specially designed and regulated laboratory where the building blocks of the cartilage, the chondroctye cells, are isolated and grown to a clinically significant number.
The cells are returned to your joint in approximately 5 weeks by a custom designed cellular delivery scaffold. Your orthopaedic surgeon will implant the cells through a small incision.
Following discharge from hospital, a program with a stepwise increase in weight bearing over a six week period is followed. Return to sport and recreational activities needs to be carefully monitored and staged over the first 6-9 months following your Ortho-ACI® surgery. This staged increase in the intensity of activities is designed to protect the newly developing cartilage tissue and allow for the maturation process of the new cartilage.