Hackensack University Medical Center Among the First Hospitals in New Jersey to Offer Cutting-Edge Treatment to Regrow Knee Cartilage Cells

Hackensack University Medical Center is among the first hospitals in New Jersey to offer a cutting-edge treatment to regrow and implant a patient’s own cartilage cells to regenerate knee cartilage. Surgeons at Hackensack University Medical Center are now using MACI (autologous cultured chondrocytes on porcine collagen membrane) implants to treat patients with cartilage defects. This state-of-the-art technology reproduces a patient’s own cells using autologous cultured chondrocytes that are seeded onto a resorbable collagen membrane. MACI requires smaller incisions and less scar tissue cleanup, which ultimately results in faster recovery and rehabilitation time for patients. Ideal candidates for MACI implants are younger, active adults with full thickness symptomatic articular cartilage defects of the knee. (Note: this article was also featured in Pharmacy Choice.)