The Osteochondral Autograft Transplantation Surgery (OATS) procedure is aimed at replacing “articular” cartilage. In the knee, this tissue can be found on the end of the femur, the back of the knee cap and the top of the tibia. This tissue creates a surface that allows the bones to glide smoothly – a surface five times more smooth than ice on ice.
When this tissue is damaged, and bone is exposed, you can experience swelling, pain, loss of motion, or weakness. In the OATS procedure, plugs of bone from a donor are transplanted in the injury areas. It is the only procedure that actually restores articular cartilage.
Athletes and other highly active people can have both personal and professional reasons for wanting to remain active. An injury to knee cartilage can present a real barrier for those who want to continue to pursue sports and other recreational activities.
At NanoKnee, we understand how important it is to you to stay active. We’re excited to be able to offer the OATS procedure to our clients. OATS has been demonstrated to be an effective treatment option for knee cartilage injuries. The term “osteochondral” means “related to bone or cartilage,” while “autograft” means a graft of tissue from one part of your body to another. An alternate version of the OATS procedure that is “allograft,” which involves transplanting tissue from a donor.
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