and Joint Replacement Dr. James W. Cahill • Dr. David A. Porter • Dr. Paul E. Kovatis • Dr. Michael C. Distefano
About Cahill Orthopedics
The surgeons at Cahill Orthopedics keep current on the latest orthopedic research available, and they incorporate new technologies and procedures into the practice when research shows that they are beneficial to patients. Our doctors only recommend a new procedure if they feel it is a viable option for the patient.
Regenerative medicine procedures like cartilage restoration, platelet-rich plasma (PRP), and stem cell injections have shown great results for patients who want to avoid more invasive procedures like joint replacement. When done alongside other treatments, they may also help with promoting healing. Though these are new treatments, we have seen positive results. However, there are a number of clinics that offer these types of procedures. It is important to consult with a qualified expert with access to the latest research like the doctors at Cahill Orthopedics to determine whether or not you would benefit from these procedures.
The cartilage in our knees can weaken and wear down over time. Unlike other tissues in the body, cartilage does not have the circulation needed to heal on its own. Past methods of cartilage restoration have yielded unreliable results for patients. Our doctors use the newest method of cartilage regrowth and regeneration. MACI is a cartilage restoration technique that uses the patient’s own cartilage cells to create a “patch” for the damaged and missing cartilage in the knee.
Dr. Cahill was involved in the original research for this technology and has found that this method produces the best results for patients with damaged knee cartilage.
Stem cell and platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections may help patients with injuries or chronic inflammation in the tendons and other soft tissues in the body recover more quickly. In some cases, these treatments may also help patients avoid or delay the need for surgery. These treatments use high concentrations of the patient’s own stem cells or platelets, which both play important roles in the healing of injuries, to help promote healing in the area of the injury. Dr. Cahill and Dr. Porter keep current on the latest research with these technologies to best advise patients when these treatments are a viable option. These treatments may be recommended alongside other treatments to help with your recovery.