cartilage reconstruction

reconstruction

Regeneration

If a large part of the meniscus has been lost but some tissue remains, patients may be candidates for meniscal regeneration.  Given their poor blood supply and lack of cells, it is not surprising that cartilage does not regenerate.  Scaffolds have been designed to encourage and guide tissue growth and regeneration in the shape of the meniscus with the hope that this would provide restoration of function.  Synthetic scaffold or “Actifit” is comprised of polyurethane polymer and Menaflex made of collagen or connective tissue from purified animal source (bovine).

Operations can be carried out using keyhole arthroscopic surgery as day case procedure.  Full weightbearing is normally restricted for six to eight weeks and return to sports usually at 9 to 12 months.

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