Fletcher Allen, a Vermont university hospital and medical center, serves all of
Vermont and the northern New York region. Located in Burlington, Fletcher Allen is a regional, academic healthcare center and teaching hospital in alliance with the University of Vermont.
Knee Restoration at Fletcher Allen
In some cases, your joint may be in good enough condition that it does not need to be replaced. Instead, the bones in the knee can be repositioned to reduce your pain. At Fletcher Allen, we work with you to determine whether a joint restoration method may be the right fit. These methods include:
A procedure that involves cutting or realigning the bones of the knee. Goals of the procedure include:
- Shifting weight from damaged cartilage area to a healthy area
- Restoring knee function
- Diminishing osteoarthritis pain
- Delaying the need for joint replacement surgery
- Usually recommended for younger patients with early arthritis
- Cartilage Transplantation
This method helps improve your joint function by restoring damaged cartilage. At Fletcher Allen, we use the latest surgical techniques designed to stimulate the growth of new cartilage. These procedures can relieve pain and allow better function of your knee; they can also help delay or prevent arthritis.
OATS (Osteochondral Autograft Transfer System)
In this procedure, healthy cartilage tissue and underlying bone are transferred from a non-weight bearing part of your knee to another area. They are used as a plug to seal defects or damaged areas in the cartilage. The procedure can be done arthroscopically.
ACI (Autologous Chondrocyte Implant)
With this method, Fletcher Allen surgeons remove healthy cartilage tissue from a non-weight bearing area of the knee, using arthroscopy. The healthy cartilage cells, or chondrocytes, are sent to a laboratory, to grow and multiply. Surgeons then implant these newly grown cells in the damaged area of your knee.