ABICUS procedure – Bone Marrow Derived Cells

Our surgeons have developed a pioneering new technique to regenerate the damaged joint surface (articular cartilage). The procedure has been trialed at University Hospital Southampton, with Gorav Datta as the principle lead for the trial.

Patients are suitable if they have a full-thickness cartilage defect, with either normal or relatively normal surrounding articular cartilage (surrounding joint surface).

The procedure involves taking bone marrow cells from the pelvis (containing Mesenchymal Stem Cells – MSCs) and concentrating them in the operating theatre to give a large number of cells in a small volume of fluid.

Cells being harvested from the pelvis

Concentrated cells

These cells are then placed on a membrane and implanted into the joint surface defect.

Microscopic view of the scaffold

The procedure is performed via key-hole (arthroscopic) surgery and takes approximately 40 minutes. Patients can go home on the day of surgery.


Although the procedure is performed through keyhole surgery, the recovery does take much longer than a normal knee arthroscopy. Full recovery is 3 – 6 months and intensive physiotherapy is required to restore the normal movement and muscle function.

I want to thank Mr. Datta for taking such good care of me during both hip replacement procedures. It was my first major surgery and he helped calm my nerves. Both surgeries were successful and the after care was excellent. I am now completely pain free and able to do things I was not able to do for a number of years.

S Kirby

I must say my overall experience at Spire under Mr Datta was first class and I am very grateful to all involved

Peter L

My care and treatment has been excellent. From my first consultation through to my surgery, I have been kept well informed and have had all the information I’ve needed to ensure the surgery went well and that I make a speedy recovery. I would highly recommend Mr Datta.

Mr King

I had a total knee replacement done and had the best care. Yes did experience a long wait to go to surgery but that's expected in most hospitals. Was in for 3 days and couldn't fault the care, nurses and cleanliness of the hospital. Lovely food. One nurse in particular always managed to make me smile

P Elliott

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