What does cartilage regeneration involve?
Cartilage regeneration procedures generally involve replacing the articular cartilage, which cushions bone endings in your joints. When this type of cartilage breaks down or becomes damaged, bones are no longer protected from rubbing together which causes the pain you experience.
Due to its limited blood supply, cartilage has a restricted capacity for self-repair, making cartilage regeneration a potentially advantageous treatment for patients. This form of regenerative therapy could postpone or even eliminate the necessity for joint replacement surgery, while greatly enhancing your symptoms and overall life quality.
Why choose London Cartilage Clinic for cartilage regeneration?
Our specialists at London Cartilage Clinic are at the top of their field with years of dedicated knowledge and experience in cartilage regeneration and joint pain. We provide an exclusive private service that is fully tailored to the needs of each patient individually, making sure you get the best possible results from your cartilage regeneration injection.
Whether you are suffering cartilage damage from an injury or a degenerative condition like arthritis, our surgeons can help with effective cartilage treatment to reduce pain and increase your range of motion to carry out your normal daily activities.
Frequently Asked Questions
As well as pursuing regeneration treatment in serious cases of knee pain, you can naturally strengthen your cartilage by supporting your joints with low-impact exercise and consuming foods that are rich in certain vitamins and minerals. These include:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin K
- Hyaluronic acid
Despite knee replacements being a successful procedure in treating joint pain in older patients, like any mechanical implant, it doesn’t last forever (normally between 10 and 25 years). In these cases, the knee implant will have to be replaced which is a more difficult surgery with less positive outcomes and patient satisfaction. Also, knee replacement is a major surgery that comes with several risks and a long recovery time. Cartilage regeneration may not be able to guarantee that knee replacement is avoidable forever, but it can delay it significantly and offer impressive results through a minimally invasive procedure.
Cartilage regeneration procedures have proven to be very successful amongst patients who have it. For example, one of the most common techniques for repairing or regenerating knee cartilage is autologous chondrocyte implantation (ACI) which has been reported to have an 80-90% success rate over time.
Not everyone who experiences joint pain will be right for cartilage regeneration. Typically, these types of procedures are suitable for those who have suffered a sports-related injury under the age of 55. However, we work on a case-by-case basis so be sure to contact us and our experienced team will assess you and determine whether cartilage regeneration is the best treatment option for you.