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A Unique Solution to Osteoarthritis

The cause of degenerative joint disease could be genetic, the result of increased physical exertion over time, or some traumatic injury. Pain and limited movement sometimes make everyday tasks a challenge. Good news is: the latest surgical procedures may help relieve the pain and effectively restore the cartilages.

The delicate cartilages that line the bone tissue in our joints are vulnerable to aging and susceptible to injuries. They naturally degrade with age but genetic factors may also trigger the early onset of osteoarthritis. Injuries and diseases could do a lot of harm too. The deformity of knee and hip joints affects a lot of people, causing them pain and impaired movement – the first symptoms of the condition. Getting out of bed in the morning, scaling a staircase, long walks or lifting might soon prove to be a challenge. Physiotherapy is effective in the early stages, as well as non-steroid pain relief and anti-inflammatory medication. Lager on steroid pain relief and joint regeneration injection could be prescribed.

The first step in the treatment of osteoarthritis is computer imaging diagnostics, pinpointing the extent of the damage. Early diagnosis and prompt treatment are necessary for a successful regeneration. Extensive wear or serious damage to the cartilage surface unfortunately calls for a surgical intervention, as the heavily degraded cartilage cannot heal itself.

Our hospital provides our patients with the latest in cartilage repair procedures, such as mosaic plastic surgery, the invention of Prof. Dr. László Hangody, the Medical Director of Dr. Rose Private Hospital. Transplanting cartilage from a donor is also an option when it comes to repairing extensive of particularly deep joint damage. In yet another procedure we use a biodegradable mesh formwork to create a joint surface, again prompting the regeneration of cartilage tissue over time. These surgical procedures and healing are more effective when we use the patient’s own stem cell concentrate for the operation..

What to do?

Doctor’s Order - Prof. Dr. László Hangody, academician, traumatologist, orthopaedic chief surgeon, the Medical Director of Dr. Rose Private Hospital

Patients are often afraid and consider surgery as a last resort. However, modern medical procedures offer a smorgasbord of solutions to regenerate cartilage tissues with minimal invasion and a surprisingly short healing time. Joint prosthesis is not the only option these days.

Here at Dr. Rose we employ various cartilage repair techniques to tackle degenerated joints, depending on the extent, depth and type of the damage. If we manage to find healthy hyaline cartilage tissues in the joint we can patch up the damaged area with the patient’s own tissue, without the need for artificial implants.

That’s the advantage of mosaic plastic surgery. Luckily there are areas of the joint that don’t see much tear and wear, perfect for incising small, cylindrical pieces out of them that contain a piece of bone and cartilage each, which is then transplanted to patch up the damaged joint surface.

Prompted by these newly planted islands, the body starts growing more tissue to fill in the gaps.