Cartilage Transplantation

Some people, particularly adolescents and young adults, suffer injuries to the actual surface of the knee joint. If left untreated, the knee often becomes painful and swollen. In severe cases osteoarthritis may develop. Various treatments are available ranging from simple drilling of the defect through to cartilage transplantation.

Mr Pollock is one of a small number of surgeons trained in the use of cartilage transplantation and participates to the ACTIVE trial at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.

Before and after: The picture on the left (taken at arthroscopy) shows  a loose piece of cartilage following an injury to the knee of a young man. One year after treatment with cartilage transplantation the defect has healed.