Dr. Elan GolanÂ ofÂ Northside Orthopedic SpecialistsÂ in Snellville now offersÂ Matrix-induced Autologous Chondrocyte ImplantationÂ (MACI) as an alternative treatment option for patients with knee pain.
MACI is an alternative to other surgical treatments for knee cartilage damage. The procedure involves harvesting a patientâ€™s own cartilage cells and regrowing them in a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) licensed laboratory to create durable repair tissue and then implanting the tissue into the patient to repair the cartilage damage.
â€œThe MACI procedure has significantly expanded our ability to treat cartilage injuries,” said Dr. Golan. “Supported by years of clinical research, and with the backing of the FDA, patients now have the option to use their own custom-grown cells to address cartilage loss.â€
MACI can provide longâ€lasting pain relief, improve a patient’s overall function, and safely return them to the activities they enjoy in as few as six months. Dr. Golan is the only provider in east metro Atlanta to offer the procedure.