What is synthetic scaffold cartilage repair surgery?
Synthetic scaffold cartilage repair surgery is a procedure that utilized acelluar man-made plugs or patches to repair an area of damaged articular cartilage. This procedure is most commonly performed in the knee, but the ankle and shoulder may also be treated in this manner as well. Articular cartilage is the slippery surface that covers the ends of long bones with the joints; healthy cartilage allows the bones to move seamlessly against one another. The synthetic plugs and patches are made of a synthetic material that act as a scaffold or bridge for growing cartilage. These plugs and patches are comprised of substances that mimic that natural structural component of articular cartilage. Once inserted into a patient’s knee, cells move to the damaged area and repair cartilage by migrating into the plug or patch. The migrating cells help to restore the damaged area of cartilage in concert with the implanted scaffold. Dr. Riley J. Williams, orthopedic knee surgeon, serving Manhattan, Brooklyn, New York City, NY and surrounding areas, is skilled in performing synthetic scaffold cartilage repair surgeries.