Cartilage Restoration Services

Cartilage injuries or defects can have a major impact on your quality of life. If left untreated, they can lead to more serious deterioration and potentially the need for early joint replacement. 

Our orthopedic surgeons offer procedures that help stimulate the growth of new cartilage. These treatments help restore your joint's natural anatomy, which leads to normal function and pain relief. Additionally, cartilage restoration treatments can slow the progression of osteoarthritis and help delay or prevent the need for joint replacement. 

Although cartilage restoration is primarily used in the knee, our surgeons also treat cartilage defects in the shoulder, elbow, foot, ankle and hip. 

Cartilage restoration services are offered at locations across Illinois and Northwest Indiana, including the Rush Cartilage Restoration Center. 

Cartilage Conditions Treated

Articular Cartilage Damage Microfracture
Avascular Necrosis Osteoarthritis
Bone Marrow Edema Shoulder Pain
Knee Pain Torn Meniscus

Cartilage Restoration Tests and Treatments

Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate Osteochondral Autograft Transplant
Cartilage Restoration Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
Cartilage Transplant Subchondroplasty
Osteochondral Allograft Transplant Stem Cell Therapy

Cartilage Restoration at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush

The Cartilage Restoration Center at Rush University Medical Center was the first center of its kind in the Midwest — and the nation. Our cartilage restoration experts have helped pioneer treatments that have helped thousands of patients in the U.S. 

Our surgeons transplant grafts — from donor cartilage or the patient's own cartilage — to fill areas that have cartilage loss; use cartilage cells from the patient to grow new cartilage; or even perform a meniscus transplant.

These procedures are often done using minimally invasive techniques which means you can recover faster with less scarring and a reduced risk of infection. 

Research is what drives innovation. So our orthopedic surgeons are actively engaged in research to find ways to improve patient care. This means using clinical trials for new treatments performed by some of the nation's most recognized cartilage restoration specialists. 

To schedule an appointment with a cartilage restoration specialist, call 877-MD-BONES or request an appointment online.