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Matrix-Induced Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation

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MACI (Matrix-Induced Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation) is a medical procedure that is designed to help treat cartilage defects in the knee. The procedure involves taking a small sample of the patient's own cartilage cells, which are then grown in a lab and combined with a specialized collagen membrane to create a type of "patch" that can be implanted into the knee. The patch is then placed over the damaged area of the cartilage and held in place with a type of glue or sutures. Over time, the implanted cells can help to regenerate healthy cartilage tissue in the damaged area, which can help to reduce pain and improve knee function. The procedure is typically done under general anesthesia and may require a short hospital stay for recovery. Physical therapy may be required after the procedure to help restore strength and mobility to the knee. If you are experiencing knee pain or cartilage damage, make an appointment with Dr. Johnson to see if MACI might be a good option for you.

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