Cartilage Repair

Cartilage Transplant Procedures in Wisconsin and Northern Illinois

Cartilage is a flexible connective tissue that provides structure and cushioning to joints such as your knee, ankle and shoulder. When cartilage becomes damaged through sport or injury, the resulting pain can be debilitating. Fortunately, cartilage repair treatments can relieve your pain, improve function, restore quality of life and slow the progression of osteoarthritis.

Aurora Advanced surgeons were the first to perform cartilage cell transplants in southeast Wisconsin in 1997. Today, the Cartilage Center at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay and Aurora Medical Center in Summit offer an integrated team with the modern facilities and advanced technology dedicated to helping you overcome cartilage-related problems in the knee or other joints.

We can perform knee cartilage repair on two types of cartilage—meniscus cartilage, the shock absorber found between the joint bones, and articular cartilage, the layer of cartilage found along the ends of the bones. Without performing a transplant, injuries to these cartilage pieces may, over time, lead to full-blown arthritis.

In your shoulder, a new cartilage repair procedure takes donor cartilage and places it between your shoulder cup and ball to create a cushion—eliminating pain and bringing back a wider range of motion. This new procedure is performed arthroscopically—using only tiny incisions and a small camera, allowing for less trauma to the area and a much faster recovery time.

Cartilage transplants, however, are not for everyone. Typically, the best candidates are young, healthy people with healthy tissue and a stable joint who have sustained a traumatic injury that is an isolated problem. For those patients, cartilage repair can help them avoid premature arthritis and disability.

Learn about advancements in cartilage repair by viewing a cartilage video.