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Is there such thing as artificial cartilage to replace the cartilage in my knee?

Is there such thing as artificial cartilage to replace the cartilage in my knee?

Cartilage transplant: It is possible to replace the meniscus cartilage and perform a stem cell paste graft for many patients who have been told they need a knee replacement. This is called a biologic knee replacement. ...Read more

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Cartilage (Definition)

Cartilage is a specialized type of tissue found in joints and areas that two bones come together. It is made up of specialized cells that live in the midst of proteins and sugars that absorb and release water similar to a sponge. Healthy cartilage helps decrease friction in joints, absorbs shock and protects the ends of the bone. Degradation of ...Read more


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Is there any surgery to replace cartilage in my knee to alleviate pain and swelling?

Is there any surgery to replace cartilage in my knee to alleviate pain and swelling?

Allografts: Many forms of regenerative allografts are currently available in lieu of the common meniscectomy poor long term success. The long term outcomes from meniscal allografts are yet inconclusive. ...Read more

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Are there injections available to replace worn cartilage in the wrist? I ask because i've heard of something like that for knees.

Are there injections available to replace worn cartilage in the wrist?  I ask because i've heard of something like that for knees.

Yes ; No: The answer to your question is more complex than you may think. It depends on the extent of damage and that has to be evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon that specializes in knees. ...Read more

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Is artificial cartilage going to be an option for patellofemoral syndrome & otherjoint problems soon? I am in pt for my grinding knees but am curious

Is artificial cartilage going to be an option for patellofemoral syndrome & otherjoint problems soon? I am in pt for my grinding knees  but am curious

Cartilage transplant: Has been studies to a small degree. Most of the procedures end up developing fibrocartilage as opposed to hyaline cartilage which is a better tissue type. There may be some promise with stem cell studies, but there are risks associated with this as well. Maybe another physician on the site is performing research that has more information. ...Read more

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I have torn the meniscus cartilage in my knee.. Advice please?

Meniscus tears : You should talk to your orthopedist because depending if it's a complete or partial tears sometimes they decide conservative treatment like physical therapy vs surgery. ...Read more

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How can I build up cartilage in my knee (because of jogging)?

How can I build up cartilage in my knee (because of jogging)?

Knee cartilage probl: It is difficult to increase cartilage tissue in the knee. The best you can do is to protect your knees and stop jogging. Use exercises that do not impact the knees. See your physician for an examination to determine the exact cause and to recommend treatment for your condition. ...Read more

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I have no meniscus cartilage in my knee - is there an implant available?

I have no meniscus cartilage in my knee - is there an implant available?

Yes: Most patients do well with nonoperative treatment. A small number of patients are candidates for a meniscal transplant. Some will go on to need a partial or full knee replacement. ...Read more

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I have no cartilage in my knee how come it hurts worse at night?

I have no cartilage in my knee how come it hurts worse at night?

Night pain: At night, we experience the accumulation of all of the inflammation that has built up during the day when we are active. The joint friction gradually worsens as we walk and by the end of the day, the symptoms are at their worse. ...Read more