CARTICEL is a biologic product used to repair articular cartilage injuries of the knee in adults who have not responded to a prior arthroscopic or other surgical repair procedure. It uses your body's own cultured cells to form new hyaline-like cartilage in your knee following a surgical procedure called autologous chrondrocyte implantation (ACI)
. CARTICEL is the name of the cells that are grown from the samples (or biopsy) taken from your knee. When implanted into a knee cartilage injury, these cells can form new hyaline-like cartilage.
CARTICEL is the first biologic product to repair articular cartilage injuries in the knee. In 1997, it became the only FDA-approved autologous cultured chondrocyte product on the market in the United States. CARTICEL is a product of Genzyme, a company with more than a decade of experience in developing and manufacturing autologous cell therapy products.
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