Your contact partners
in this area:
Prof. <br /> Dr. med. habil.<br /> Georg Matziolis
Prof.
Dr. med. habil.
Georg Matziolis

Senior Consultant of the Clinic for Orthopaedics and Accident Surgery

Acting holder of the Chair for Orthopaedics of the FSU Jena at the Waldkrankenhaus Eisenberg

Telephone:
036691 8-1002


Specialist Registrar Dr. med. Stefan Pietsch
Specialist Registrar Dr. med. Stefan Pietsch

Head of department sports

Specialist for Orthopaedics and Accident Surgery, Sport Medicine, Chirotherapy

Specialist Registrar Dr. med. Jens Borgwardt
Specialist Registrar Dr. med. Jens Borgwardt

Specialist for orthopedics and trauma surgery, surgery

Telephone:
036691 8-1602


Autologous cartilage transplantation

In particular, sports accidents and some special disorders (osteochondrosis dissecans) lead to cartilage loss on the knee joint or ankle joint. If it goes untreated, cartilage damage may lead in many cases to the formation of premature joint wear (arthrosis).

As the joint cartilage of adults does not regenerate itself, conservative therapies (physiotherapy, medicinal treatment) provide short-term relief, but do not help in the long term. Generally cartilage damage has to be operated on.

Nowadays, orthopaedic surgeons rely in particular on biological methods such as autologous chondrocyte transplantation: This is particularly suitable for patients of between 18 and 50 years old, who are thus often spared from replacement of the knee joint with an endoprosthetic.

With cartilage cell transplantation, orthopaedic surgeons remove cartilage from the patient with arthroscopy. This is then propagated in a biotechnical laboratory – after approximately three weeks the patient receives a specially produced transplant. These are precisely inserted by doctors in a second operation into the damaged cartilage – the operating time for this is approximately 45 minutes.

Our experience with this method is very positive:  the patients then lead an active, pain-free life with a healthy knee.

With minor cartilage defects, a transplantation of a cartilage bone cylinder into the defect may be possible in an operation.

We usually perform cartilage cell transplantations on the knee and ankle joint.


Autologous cartilage transplantation enables many patients to lead an active life without pain.

Autologous cartilage transplantation enables many patients to lead an active life without pain.

Your Chief Specialist Registrar:
Specialist Registrar Dr. med. Stefan Pietsch
Specialist Registrar Dr. med. Stefan Pietsch

Head of department sports

Specialist for Orthopaedics and Accident Surgery, Sport Medicine, Chirotherapy