Project Description

Why Choose Cartilage Restoration?
Cartilage restoration is an array of treatments and procedures designed  to restore the natural lining of joints. The tissue covering the bones of our joints is Hyaline Articular Cartilage (“cartilage”). Unfortunately, cartilage has little or no ability to heal itself, so when damaged by injury or “wear and tear,” the resulting damage is permanent. A joint with injured, worn or diseased cartilage will typically be painful, and can experience aching, sharp pains, catching and grinding. Once cartilage is damaged, it typically worsens with time, limiting a person’s physical and recreational activities.

Cartilage restoration consists of a series of treatments, processes, procedures and implants designed to heal, and in some cases, repair and restore damaged cartilage. These treatments can biologically heal or restore the damaged joint with a combination of non-surgical and surgical treatments. For example, a non-surgical treatment might include injection of hyaluronic acid into the joint, whereas a surgical treatment might be a cartilage graft. Other examples of cartilage restoration can include using orthobiologic scaffolds to patch the joint, a juvenile donor cartilage transplant, fresh-stored osteochondral grafts, meniscal transplant, and the usage of growth factors and stem cells, among other therapies. Using biological therapies such as these can help to restore the joint to nearly normal, providing pain relief, enhanced function and hopefully, a long lasting solution.

In order for biological solutions such as these to restore cartilage, the joint must be restored to a properly aligned, stable and healthy environment. Therefore, many patients undergoing cartilage restoration have ligament stabilization surgery or realignment in conjunction with cartilage restoration procedures to maximize their chances of success.

Successful candidates for cartilage restoration tend to have “younger, healthier” bodies, not in terms of age, but rather health status. Your doctor will conduct an individual assessment to determine whether you are a candidate, evaluating xrays, scans, prior operative information, and conducting a physical exam. After gathering comprehensive information, your doctor can develop and implement an optimal individual treatment plan. This plan may involve preliminary arthroscopic surgery to measure and assess the joint and help prepare detailed plans to restore the cartilage.

If a joint’s mechanical environment, including alignment and stability, is normal or nearly normal, cartilage restoration is a viable option. However, for some patients, cartilage restoration is not possible. If the joint is badly arthritic, or has significant deformity, the solution may lie instead in what is called Joint Resurfacing, which uses metallic and synthetic components to allow patients with badly deformed or damaged joints to regain an active lifestyle and improve their functions. Read more about joint resurfacing here.

What Some of Our Cartilage Restoration Patients Say.

Hello Dr. Davidson

You may not remember me, but I had knee surgery under your care approximately 10 years ago. At the time I was a Largo Firefighter, referred to you by Dr. Wong. I had very bad damage to the surface of my knee. I had pain all the time and could not work. That was long ago!

I was recently talking to one of my friends about the procedure that I had done and I actually referred him to you for treatment. I had the surgery where you harvested my cartilage and then the cells were grown in the laboratory. Then, at another surgery a couple of months later you implanted them back into my left knee.

FYI my knee is still doing great! I have had very few, if any, residual problems. I have not had any restrictions since the surgery. I have had a successful career in Firefighting and can do all the required tasks. I am now the Asst. Chief in Hernando County. I have also been active in sports and maintain a very physically demanding lifestyle. I thought you would like to know that my surgery was very successful and brag about you whenever the topic comes up.

Frank D
Asst Chief
Hernando County Fire Rescue
(Cartilage Transplantation)

Frank D., Cartilage Transplantation
Dear Dr Davidson,

Knee Resurfacing of a marathon runnerThought I would send this picture in of me skiing again!! It has been four years since I could ski and it was pure joy to be back at it again!! My knee pain stopped me from so many wonderful activities and opportunities. I’ve now started up skiing again, and am acting and modeling. You did a wonderful job and saved me from years of pain to come. I can’t thank you enough for letting me be a kid again. My mom tells everybody about what a wonderful job you have done, and I completely agree:)


Caitlin L.
(Cartilage Restoration – Utah Teenager)

Caitlin L., Cartilage Restoration - Utah Teenager

Cartilage Restoration Presentations and Lectures Presented by Dr. Phil Davidson.