ACT with Carticel

Isn’t it time to ACT with Carticel?

A-C-T: Assess, Confirm, Treat. The ACT Protocol is designed to help guide you and your orthopedist through the Carticel treatment process. From initial diagnosis, through biopsy, surgery, and rehabilitation, the Carticel treatment process can be viewed as a single ACT.

Assess

Your surgeon will perform a thorough assessment of your knee, including a review of your medical history, symptoms, previous knee surgeries, and your expectations.

If a cartilage injury is suspected, your surgeon will discuss treatment options that are right for you and your specific type of injury.

This is a great time for you to discuss Carticel with your surgeon.

Confirm

After considering your options, it will be time for you and your surgeon to confirm your treatment plan with Carticel. 

Like most cartilage repair treatments, your surgeon will need one final check. This is done in a procedure where your surgeon will look inside your knee with a tiny camera. This is called an arthroscopy.*

*Some people may experience temporary pain relief after arthroscopy, but you should know that the duration of the pain relief is not clearly understood and the discomfort you felt before may return without further treatment.

Treat

If the arthroscopy confirms your candidacy for Carticel, your surgeon will take a small cartilage biopsy and send this tissue to the CARTICEL laboratory.

A minimum of 6 weeks later, and when you decide the time is right, you can schedule your CARTICEL implantation.  Your rehabilitation program will begin the day after the surgery to get you back on your feet as soon as possible.