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Osteochondral Autograft Transplantation Surgery (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.

Cartilage makes it possible for your joints to move without friction or grinding. Knee cartilage can be damaged in numerous ways, including:

  • Falling on the knee
  • Rapidly changing direction
  • Jumping down
  • Dislocation
  • Repetitive stress, such as running, can cause damage in some cases

Unlike other tissue in the body, cartilage cannot repair itself, and any injury is difficult to resolve. The OATS procedure makes it possible to restore the normal function of cartilage.

Procedure

The OATS procedure is performed by taking a small plug of healthy cartilage from an area of the joint where the body can do without cartilage. It is then graft in an area where your cartilage is damaged. The surgeon will first prepare the area where the graft will be placed. Then the plug of healthy cartilage is harvested and implanted in the damaged area.

Risks and Complications

The OATS procedure is considered a safe form of surgery. Complications are rare, however there are risks associated with any surgical procedure. Some risks include infection, bleeding, numbness at site and damage to surrounding tissue.

Cartilage Transplant (OATS)

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.


What is the Purpose of OATS?

Osteochondral Autograft Transplantation Surgery (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.

Cartilage makes it possible for your joints to move without friction or grinding. Knee cartilage can be damaged in numerous ways, including:

  • Falling on the knee
  • Rapidly changing direction
  • Jumping down
  • Dislocation
  • Repetitive stress, such as running, can cause damage in some cases

Unlike other tissue in the body, cartilage cannot repair itself, and any injury is difficult to resolve. The OATS procedure makes it possible to restore the normal function of cartilage.


How Does It Work?

The OATS procedure is aimed at replacing “articular” cartilage. In the knee, this tissue can be found on 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.

How is the Procedure Performed?

This outpatient surgery is done at our state of the art surgical center.

The goal is to take a plug of healthy cartilage from a non-weight-bearing portion of your knee and then graft it in the area where your cartilage is damaged. First, the surgeon will prepare the area where the graft will be placed, and then a plug of healthy cartilage is harvested and implanted in the damaged area.


What is Recovery from OATS Like?

When you have awakened following your surgery, the doctor will brief you on the specific damage found and the surgical corrections performed. You can expect some swelling, which can be addressed with ice packs and by elevating your knee. This can be done several times a day, for 20 minutes, until the swelling diminishes.

Most patients are able to go back to work after a few days depending on their job duties. Your doctor will instruct you on when to resume high impact activities.

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