3 -Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation

Articular Cartilage Introduction
Articular cartilage is a firm, rubbery tissue that covers the ends of bones. It provides a smooth gliding surface for joints and acts as a cushion between bones. Cartilage can break down due to overuse or injury. This can lead to pain and swelling, and problems using your joint. Your treatment will depend on the size and type of lesion resulting from the articular cartilage damage and the judgment of your surgeon.

Questions For Your Doctor
1. What guidelines should I follow prior to my procedure? Will I need other tests or evaluations before the procedure?
2. What will happen if I don’t undergo the procedure now?
3. How long will the procedure last and will I be under anesthesia?
4. Will I have dressings, bandages, or stitches after surgery? When will they be removed?
5. Will I be given medication after surgery? What tips do you have for me to ease discomfort?
6. How long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery? Are there special instructions for eating, sleeping, or bathing?
7. When can I return to work, resume normal activity, drive, and exercise?
8. Will I need to come back for appointments after the surgery?
9. Will I have scars? Are the results permanent?
10. Will I need physical therapy?