Cartilage RepairOrthopedic Services


Cartilage is a flexible connective tissue that provides structure and cushioning to joints such as your knee, ankle and shoulder. If cartilage becomes damaged, you may experience pain that keeps you from the activities you love. 

The good news? Cartilage repair treatments can relieve pain, improve function, restore quality of life and slow the progression of osteoarthritis, which can result from cartilage damage.

Services & Treatment

 A cartilage transplant is an effective way to reduce pain and improve joint function. We were the first to perform cartilage cell transplants in 1997, and continue to help active people every day. We offer cartilage transplants for the knees and shoulders.

Knees: Damaged cartilage in your knees can lead to arthritis. There are two types of cartilage that typically need repair:
  • Meniscus cartilage, the shock absorber found between your joint bones
  • Articular cartilage, the layer of cartilage found along the ends of your bones
Shoulders: In your shoulder, we can use donor cartilage around the shoulder cup and ball. This provides cushioning, which can help eliminate pain and bring back a wider range of motion. It's performed arthroscopically, meaning it’s done with only tiny incisions and a small camera, resulting in less trauma to the area and a much faster recovery time.

It’s important to note that cartilage transplants aren’t for everyone. They often work best on people who are young, in good health and have cartilage issues due to an injury. Talk with your doctor to find out if a cartilage transplant is right for you.

Why Aurora? 

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.

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