What is Carticel?
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Carticel is used to repair articular cartilage injuries in the knee (femoral condyle) in patients who have had an inadequate response to a prior arthroscopic or other surgical repair procedure.
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Carticel is an FDA-approved biologic product that consists of your own harvested cartilage cells (chondrocytes) which are then multiplied into millions of cells. These autologous cultured chondrocytes are then implanted into your knee cartilage defect in a surgical procedure called autologous chondrocyte implantation (ACI).
When implanted, Carticel generates new hyaline-like cartilage repair tissue.
Hyaline-like cartilage? Carticel generates the biological components that are found in hyaline cartilage, but that the structure is not the same as normal cartilage.
In 1997, Carticel became the first, and is still the only FDA approved biological product for the treatment of articular cartilage injuries.
When Carticel is surgically implanted into an articular cartilage injury, it can form new hyaline-like cartilage, with properties similar to those of the original cartilage.
Repairing the injury may help to reduce pain and improve movement and function in many patients.