Right Knee Open Autologous Cartilage Cell Implant

You may recall I posted earlier this year that I was having some problems with my right knee. I had a tear in my lateral meniscus, which was repaired during an arthroscopic procedure done in June. During the same procedure, the doctor found a couple of chondral (cartilage) defects; one on the underside of the patella and another on the lateral side of the joint, where the meniscus was damaged. They took a biopsy during the scope and discovered that I inherited bad cartilage from somebody in my family. But because there was no damage to the bone yet, I was identified as a good candidate for cartilage replacement, a procedure in which my cartilage is reproduced in a lab and later implanted through open surgery. That’s where we’re at now. I had the cartilage implants done on Friday, December 4th.

This is me, pre-op, shaved leg, cute blue footies and conehead-styled hair net (courtesy of Karen).

I’m feeling fine right now; not too much pain. It does look a lot worse than it feels at this point though. I’ve included a picture below of what I like to call Frankenknee, but you’ll have to click on the warning to see it. I didn’t wanna gross anybody out without a warning.

Those white pads with the wires sticking out are for part of my therapy. The wires connect to an electro-stimulation device. Read about it here if you’re interested. It helps keep the swelling and pain down a bit.

So there’s the update people have been asking for. Thanks for your thoughts and prayers so far. I’m looking at a 4-6 week recovery before I can get around on my own without too much difficulty.

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2 responses to “Right Knee Open Autologous Cartilage Cell Implant

  • carrie

    I think your knee after cell implant looks much better than before implants. It looks promissing! How is the pain during movement and how is it after not moving for a longer period of time. I haven’t ventured towards the cell implants yet, but am interested. Are you able to say what hospital or doc is currently performing the cell implant at this time. I’ve had authro on rt knee
    thank you LPhotog7@aol.com…. Good Luck…looks good

  • sally

    I’m so glad to hear you’re feeling fine and not in too much pain!

    But your frankenknee looks gross! Why didn’t you warn me? 🙂

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