How does cartilage damage occur?
What are the benefits of cartilage induction?
The advantage over previous cartilage regenerative measures is that the original cartilage is produced here. With this treatment, you have no foreign material in your body, but 100% of your natural and fully resilient cartilage. When inducing cartilage with chondrofiller, you only need a single minimally invasive procedure (arthroscopy). This is enough to reach and treat all cartilage defects.
Where can the chondrofiller be used?
Dr. Olaf Beck primarily treats knee and ankle joints with chondrofiller. In combination with a bone filler, bone cysts can also be filled and sealed with the chondrofiller.
What is chondrofiller?
Chondrofiller is a high-purity biological collagen implant that is ideal for treating cartilage damage. It consists of type 1 collagen and contains no cells. Collagen is found in all structures of the human body. It is the main component of skin, tendons and cartilage.
How does cartilage induction work?
In a joint scopy (arthroscopy), the cartilage is cleaned and then a 2-component gel is applied. The advantage of the chondrofiller is that the implant does not have to be cut to size, but completely adapts to the defect. After the operation, the joint should be spared for 2 weeks. The healing process results in an ingrowth of cartilage cells (cartilage induction). Complete regeneration of the cartilage can be seen just 6 to 8 months after the procedure. Another advantage of the method is that no cartilage cells have to be removed and inserted in a second complex operation with joint opening. It is currently the gentlest method for cartilage regeneration.
“Good and friendly practice organization, precise risk and medical opportunity advice with plenty of time for inquiries, high professionalism on the part of Dr. Beck. My decision to try chondrofiller treatment was the right one. I am pain-free after three months and run 'smoothly. ' And I am therefore really satisfied. ” — certified Jameda assessment
What are the limits of the process?
The limits of the chondrofiller lie in the defect size, which, however, must be determined individually (MRI images). Opposite defects can also be treated, but there are limits when there are defects in both the inner and outer joint gaps. For all joints, there must be no bone hardening (sclerosis) and bone cysts.
How much does a Chondrofiller treatment cost?
Reimbursement differs depending on the health insurance company. We recommend that you get a confirmation from your health insurance company before starting treatment.
11. How is the recovery process going?
This question is very individual and cannot be answered in general terms. It depends on the individual case and in particular on the type of surgical procedure. In any case, it will take several weeks before you can walk again without crutches after knee surgery, until you can fully exercise your knee again, usually up to six months, in some cases even 12 months.
In the case of a cartilage cell transplant, for example, the knee is usually able to regain normal strength only one year after the operation. The recovery process for cruciate ligament ruptures also takes a very long time; a full load may take place after six months at the earliest. This is more difficult to assess during meniscus surgery. The healing process can take from one week to six weeks. Whatever knee surgery you have, it is very important that physiotherapy starts immediately after the operation and that the recovery process is well supervised by professionals. Therefore, do not miss the follow-up tests. They contribute to the fact that
Whatever knee surgery you have, it is very important that physiotherapy starts immediately after the operation and that the recovery process is well supervised by professionals. Therefore, do not miss the follow-up tests. They help make the operation worthwhile for you and hopefully you can move (almost) pain-free again.