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Knee cartilage cell transplantation

Growing new cartilage in an area that has been damaged

James N. Gladstone, MD, Associate Professor of Orthopedics, Co-chief, Division of Sports Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, discusses cartilage cell transplantation, one of the most exciting technologies that has been recently developed to treat damaged cartilage.

1.Cartilage cell transplantation currently uses a first generation cartilage transplant method which harvests cells that are then reimplanted into the same patient’s knee, using the periosteum as a cover.
2. Second generation cartilage cell transplantation uses a new method to transplant cartilage cells, taking biologic tissue that can be formed as a sponge to seed growing cartilage cells & then be placed in the defect in the knee.

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