a unique tissue
The cartilage cannot be replaced by anything except the body’s own cartilage.
Transplants are taken from another joint or from a less burdened region of the injured joint.
An alternative is available in the form of autologous chondrocyte transplantation (ACT) in which cartilage cells are removed, cultured and transferred back into the body.
Joint injuries sustained at work or during sports necessitate such complex operations increasingly frequently.
Our cartilage transplantation team, under the direction of Dr. Harald Junghanns, is specialised in such cases.
Dr. Junghanns knows this special procedure from his training at the universtiy clinic of Freibug and the sports clinic in Cannstadt.
Methods are also available to help in cases of wear and tear of the joints.