High. I am 44 years old and a master athlete (sprinter 200 and 400 metres). I have had a severe cartilage damage without pain but with a continous swelling after running. I went to surgery 7 weeks ago, the replace my cartilage with cartilage from other part of the knee that is not bearing weight and also the use the technique of microfracture. you have 2 options:
1. microfracture + mosaicplasty : this is what the did it to me, is cheaper and very succesful
2. Autologous chondrocyte transplantation , that is what they suggest to you, is also ver succesful altough more expensive.
After 7 weeks I feel very well. I was 6 weeks using clutches and not bearing any weight on my damage knee and 2 weeks (now) still using the clutches but bearing weight. I use a brace OA ADJUSTER DONJOY brace from the second week after surgery and i will use for a long time since is very confortable a protect your kee. I Hope to train again in 6 months but even before 2-4 months froom surgery I will run in the pool, bike, and use the eliptic.
Good luck and be optimistic
08/07/2008 07:31 PM
I am 21 years old, I've had surgeries on both knees due to lateral discoid meniscus. I have articular cartilage damage on one, it was too late by the time i got the surgery. My doctor did mention something about a cartilage transplant, where they take cartilage out of me grow more in a lab, and then reimplant it. I did some research, and the recovery time is very long. I was reading something on HGH injections. Do they really work? Why isn't it a common treatment, and are there any other treatment options I can look into? Its been a tough few years for me going from a year round athlete, to what I am today, and I would love to get the chance to be active like I use to again. Thanks for listening!