Surgeons who perform the MACI knee procedure will see many different knee cartilage repair case studies cross their desks. Dr. Deryk Jones of Ochsner Sports Medicine Institute shares a recent case.
The first step in treating knee cartilage damage via MACI is an arthroscopy. The knee arthroscopy allows a physician to scope the knee and harvest a biopsy of a patient’s cartilage cells, which are later used to generate a MACI knee cartilage implant.
MACI patient Kayla is a registered nurse, and to orthopedic surgeon Dr. Seth Sherman, she offers a uniquely valuable perspective on knee cartilage treatment: “There’s no better way to learn about MACI than from a healthcare provider who went through it!”
MACI knee cartilage repair is the third generation of autologous chondrocyte implantation (ACI), and it advances upon previous ACIs by offering surgeons a simpler, shorter and more versatile procedure to repair patients’ articular cartilage defects of the knee using an implant generated from their own cartilage cells (prior generations of ACI required a periosteum or collagen membrane cover).