BRADENTON, Fla., March 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- What may seem like a page taken from a sci-fi novel, is reality on Florida's west coast. Coastal Orthopedics' physicians are providing patients with Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation (ACI); a process that replaces damaged cartilage with newly grown tissue. Coastal physicians and their medical team continue to stay on top of the latest technology and innovations to bring the best medical care to their patients.
"The healing power of the human body is phenomenal," said Coastal Orthopedics surgeon, John Ayres MD. "By using a patient's own healthy cells to cultivate the tissue growth, it diminishes the chance of tissue rejection and allows for long-term durability for those undergoing this procedure."
The ACI procedure is used to replace cartilage in joints like knees, shoulders, or ankles. The damaged cartilage often results in rough joint areas, which can be difficult to move and can even lead to joint pain or arthritis. The ACI procedure works best on young adults and is indicated for articular cartilage injury before arthritis has set in. Two operations are necessary for the ACI process. The first is to harvest the patient's cells, and another to re-implant them. It takes six weeks for Genzyme to clone the cells harvested from the first operation.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 30 percent of adults in the United States reported joint pain in 2006. Now those sufferers have an opportunity to restore unhealthy cartilage caused by injuries or lesions.
In addition to the ACI procedure, similar procedures such as OATS (osteoarticular transfer) and abrasion chondroplasty are also practiced by Coastal physicians.
About Coastal Orthopedics & Sports Medicine/Pain Management
Coastal Orthopedics has been serving the Sarasota-Bradenton area for over thirty years. There are four offices and two surgery centers on Florida's West Coast. Coastal Orthopedics' staff of 16 board-certified and fellowship trained physicians and surgeons provide patients with the very latest in pain and orthopedic treatment technology. They strive to repair and heal injuries relating to the entire musculoskeletal system. With a world-renowned staff of physicians and surgeons ranging in specialty care in sports medicine, joint replacement, pain management and rehabilitation, patients can be treated for athletic injuries as well as restoration of function and activity through non-surgical, physician-guided strengthening, therapy, medications, injections, and stretching. For more information visit www.coastalorthopedics.com.
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