Personalized rehabilitation is critical for each patient.

Patient compliance with the rehabilitation protocol plays a vital role in the outcome of this cellular procedure. Work closely with your patient to develop an individualized rehabilitation and physical therapy plan, based on:

  • Size of the defect
  • Location of the defect
  • Severity of the knee cartilage injury
  • Concomitant procedures performed

In any cartilage repair, postoperative management is critical to ensure optimal results. Such management includes a careful return to weight-bearing activities.

A rehabilitation primer for Carticel is below. Click Here to see the full Carticel Rehabilitation Guidelines for complete information

 

Carticel
  Femoral condyle Trochlea
CPM begin post-operative
8-12 hours on day 1;
6-8 hours/day
up to 6 weeks
begin post-operative
8-12 hours on day 1;
6-8 hours/day
up to 6 weeks
Non-Weight Bearing weeks 1-2 N/A
Partial Weight Bearing weeks 2-5 weeks 0-4
Full Weight Bearing by week 8-9 by week 6-8
Low Impact Sports at 6 months at 6 months
High Impact Sports
(running, aerobics)
at 8-12 months at 8-12 months
High Impact Pivoting Sports at 12-18 months at 12-18 months