What is OATS Cartilage Repair Surgery?

The knee joint is made up of an intricately interconnected system of tissues, ligaments, bone and cartilage. Every component of the knee works together to help support the weight of the body and facilitate mobility. However, traumatic injury, unexpected accident, illness and age-related degeneration can dilapidate regions of cartilage within the knee joint. This often leads to pain, swelling and other debilitating symptoms that can impair your quality of life.

If knee cartilage is only partly damaged, healthy cartilage from non-weight bearing areas of the knee can sometimes be transferred to replace the cartilage of the damaged region. OATS cartilage repair surgery is one procedure with this goal. “OATS” stands for “osteochondral autograft transfer system,” which moves samples of functioning bone and cartilage from areas where they are unnecessary to the part of the knee in need.

Because OATS cartilage repair is a minimally invasive surgery, it usually yields short recovery times and lowered risks of scarring and trauma to surrounding tissues. Blood loss is also usually minimal during a minimally invasive procedure. During the operation, the surgeon uses tiny incisions and a very small camera called an arthroscope to convert the cartilage without placing unnecessary strain upon the body.

After an OATS cartilage repair surgery, conservative rehabilitation methods such as physical therapy and medication should be expected. Generally, patients can expect to resume full function in as short as 2 months.

Our Treatment Approach

The team of experienced orthopedic surgeons at OrthoCARE Institute regularly perform a number of advanced minimally invasive procedures, including OATS cartilage repair surgery. If you suspect the cartilage in your knee joint may be damaged, we will carefully evaluate your condition to discover the root cause of your pain and swelling. This allows us to create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your unique needs.

For some patients, conservative, non-surgical treatments may be sufficient to manage damaged cartilage. Others, however, may require surgical intervention to fully regain their quality of life. Together, you and your surgeon will decide upon the minimally invasive procedure that best fits your goals. OATS cartilage repair surgery is an effective option for many patients, especially those dealing with damaged cartilage in a contained and localized region.

For more information about OATS cartilage repair surgery or to schedule a consultation with the OrthoCARE Institute, please contact us directly by calling 972-255-5588 or by filling out the form on our Contact Us page. We are committed to helping you find relief from your joint-related issues!

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