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Is there an option to repairing a knee that has worn out cartilage, other than total knee replacement?
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Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: MAKOplasty
I have performed over 560 makoplasty procedures and it is very very safe .
It is superior to all other techniques for precise installation of partial knee replacements. When performed by an experienced makoplasty surgeon, it allows us to balance the tension of your ligaments within a millimeter and make the implants track centrally so they last decades. Mine all go home the same day, little pain.

In brief: MAKOplasty
I have performed over 560 makoplasty procedures and it is very very safe .
It is superior to all other techniques for precise installation of partial knee replacements. When performed by an experienced makoplasty surgeon, it allows us to balance the tension of your ligaments within a millimeter and make the implants track centrally so they last decades. Mine all go home the same day, little pain.
Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
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Dr. Warren Strudwick
There are biological and non biological alternatives. Cartilage transfers and autologous chondrocyte transfer for discrete lesions is a biological solution. Joinresurfacing
Dr. John Ayres
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
It depends on what is worn and how badly.
Steroid & hyaluronic injections can last 3 to 9 months. For small defects, microfracture, cartilage transplant, & Carticel work. With an absent meniscus, allograft transplant is an option. For bone on bone arthritis limited to one compartment of the knee, osteotomy or partial knee replacement is an option. Total knees are still the gold standard.

In brief: Yes
It depends on what is worn and how badly.
Steroid & hyaluronic injections can last 3 to 9 months. For small defects, microfracture, cartilage transplant, & Carticel work. With an absent meniscus, allograft transplant is an option. For bone on bone arthritis limited to one compartment of the knee, osteotomy or partial knee replacement is an option. Total knees are still the gold standard.
Dr. John Ayres
Dr. John Ayres
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Dr. Kevin Stone
Sports Medicine
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Kevin Stone
Dr. Kevin Stone
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Dr. Barry Waldman
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction
In brief: Yes
Small areas can be replaced arhroscpically.
Larger areas can be replaced with partial knee replacements.

In brief: Yes
Small areas can be replaced arhroscpically.
Larger areas can be replaced with partial knee replacements.
Dr. Barry Waldman
Dr. Barry Waldman
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