What is the MACI Procedure?
MACI is a regenerative therapy procedure, repairing cartilage using the patient’s own cells. It is used to provide long-lasting pain relief and improvement in function.
How does it Work?
A small biopsy of the patient’s cartilage cells (chondrocytes) is removed from the body and sent to a laboratory. The chondrocytes are seeded onto a collagen membrane and debrided back to healthy and stable cartilage. The cartilage cells regenerate and form a repair tissue that is able to fill the cartilage defect. MACI is then distributed onto the membrane using the proprietary Uniform Loading Unit (ULU), applying a controlled, uniform dose of cells to the defect in a less invasive surgical delivery. The procedure eliminates the need for suture fixation, allowing for a potentially quicker recovery period, less pain, and less scarring.
What are the Benefits?
- Functional repair tissue
- Reduced pain and improved function
- Improved Quality of Life
- Conformity to any defect
- Easily Affixed
- Less Invasive
- Does not require supplemental suture fixation
- Consistent delivery of a controlled, uniform dose of characterized cells to the defect area
What Conditions Could it Help?
MACI benefits patients suffering from joint issues in the knee. This includes:
- Cartilage damage from repetitive action
- Cartilage damage from osteoporosis
- Cartilage damage from trauma/traumatic events
- Lateral femoral condyle defect
- Medial femoral condyle with bone involvement defect
- Medial femoral condyle defect
- Patella defect
- Trochlea defect
Am I a Candidate?
Most patients are good candidates for the MACI Procedure. An initial consultation is required, allowing doctors to determine:
- Age (best if under 40)
- Depth and size of hole
- Surrounding medical or joint issues
- Extent of cartilage damage (best for large amounts of damage)
Dr. Burke, a leading Orthopedic doctor and surgeon, specializes in Regenerative Therapy using the MACI Procedure. Each patient is carefully evaluated and assessed, ensuring the best chances of a successful procedure. Call Dr. Burke Orthopedics at (713) 436-3488 or visit https://drburkeortho.com/contact-us/ to schedule an initial consultation appointment, determining if MACI is right for you.
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