Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation (ACI) Knee Surgery

New York orthopedic knee surgeons with more than 100 years of experience

Knee transplant surgery has become an increasingly common surgical knee injury treatment. One of the most advanced knee injury medical procedures is autologous chondrocyte implantation (ACI) knee surgery. Developed in Sweden, this transplant technique involves taking healthy cells and transplanting them into a damaged cell area.

If you are considering this technique to address your knee pain or knee injury, it’s critical that you have an experienced, ACI knee surgeon who understands this procedure and knows exactly what to do. Our experienced, board-certified New York orthopedic knee surgeons at IMC Bone Doc are the ones you want operating on you.

We have more than 100 years of combined medical experience. That’s why our doctors at Island Musculoskeletal Care are some of the most respected physicians in the greater New York City area. Best of all, you can often receive all your medical care at one convenient location.

What is autologous chondrocyte implantation (ACI) knee surgery?

Autologous chondrocyte implantation (ACI) knee surgery is three-part process to repair damaged knee cartilage. The first part involves removing healthy cartilage from a patient. The healthy cartilage is normally taken from a non-weight bearing part of a bone.

Next, the healthy cartilage that has been removed from the patient is cultivated in a laboratory. The goal is to encourage the healthy cartilage cells to grow and multiple into a larger mass of healthy cartilage. This second step often takes three to five weeks.

Next, the larger patch of healthy cartilage cultivated in a laboratory is placed back into the same person. This time, the healthy cartilage is placed into the shinbone (tibia) near the knee with the damaged cartilage. Ideally, the healthy cartilage cells will grow and replace the damaged cartilage cells in the knee.

ACI knee transplant surgery is often successful. That’s partly because the operation involves transplanting healthy cartilage from one part of the patient’s body to another part of their body. As a result, there’s a greatly reduced risk of the healthy cartilage being rejected since it comes from the patient’s own body.

Trust our NYC knee surgeons to perform your knee implant operation

Learn more about whether ACI knee surgery is right for you. Contact us and schedule an appointment with one of our experienced, New York ACI knee surgeons today. Many of our doctors are available to meet with patients the same day. Contact us online or call 1-888-BONE-DOC (266-3362). We have seven offices conveniently located in the greater New York City and Long Island area. Each office is fully equipped with an MRI machine and other, state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment.

Our medical practice is in network and accepts coverage by most major insurance companies. As a result, your surgical procedure might be covered by your insurance, especially if you injured your knee on the job. In these cases, workers’ compensation often covers these medical procedures. Find out more. Make an appointment with a New York orthopedic knee surgeon at IMC Bone Doc right now.