Following a consultation with Mr Datta, you will be given a date for surgery.
You will be called by one of our nursing staff who will conduct a pre-assessment within 2 weeks of your surgery for blood tests and a medical examination
After being deemed suitable for the procedure (this is done following an MRI scan and consultation), an arthroscopy is performed as a day-case procedure and a small piece of cartilage is removed from a non-weight bearing part of the knee.
This is sent to a cartilage laboratory and cells are cultured (grown) over a 4-6 week period. Once a large number of cells have been grown, these are returned to the hospital on the planned day of surgery.
The second operation is via an open approach and the cells are implanted onto the cartilage defect. Cells can be implanted onto a scaffold to cover the defect, or a membrane is stitched around the defect and the cells are injected into the membrane. The second procedure involves an overnight stay in hospital and you are placed in a brace for 6 weeks (partially weight bearing).
Full recovery is 3 – 6 months and intensive physiotherapy is required to restore the normal movement and muscle function.