Although stems cells harvested from bone marrow have improved the quality of regenerated cartilage, the regenerated cartilage still lacks the exact properties of the native cartilage.
Matrix-induced autologous chondrocyte implantation (MACI) is a surgical technique recently approved by the FDA that allows for physicians to grow a patient’s own cartilage cells and then re-implant them into the knee. This technique has been proven to produce better outcomes that traditional cartilage restoration techniques.
Key Points to Remember
MACI uses regenerated cartilage grown from a patient’s own cartilage cells.
MACI has been successful in the treatment of cartilage injuries in the knee.
Anti-inflammatory medicines should be stopped before and after MACI, as they may interrupt the healing process.
It may take 6 – 8 weeks to feel significant pain relief.
In general, regenerative and biologic procedures are not yet covered by insurance. You can speak with an ONS insurance specialist at 203-869-1145, ext. 279.
Schedule a consultation with a regenerative medicine specialists to learn if MACI is the right treatment for you.