Cartilage preservation and restoration options from an orthopedic surgeon
It used to be that an injured athlete with cartilage damage tried anti-inflammatory medicine, a brace or steroid injections. If those methods didn’t help, the athlete often had to live with pain. Today, some orthopedic surgeons offer cartilage preservation and restoration options. Todd Battaglia, MD, explains which types of injuries can be helped by a relatively new technique of transferring cartilage from one area of the body to another, or of transplanting cartilage from a deceased donor. He also tells how, in some cases, cartilage can be stimulated to regrow.