Cartilage Restoration Services

Rush orthopedic surgeons are leaders in cartilage restoration and transplant, including meniscus transplant and innovations like minced cartilage.

Rush orthopedic surgeons are leaders in cartilage restoration and transplant, including meniscus transplant and innovations like minced cartilage.

Rush orthopedic surgeons are leaders in cartilage restoration and transplant, including meniscus transplant and innovations like minced cartilage.

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Among the Best in the U.S. for Orthopedic Care

U.S News & World Report ranked Rush University Medical Center No. 5 in the nation and best in Illinois for orthopedics.

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The Rush Approach to Cartilage Restoration

If you're young and active, cartilage injuries or defects can do more than just slow you down. If left untreated, they can lead to more serious deterioration and, in severe cases, the need for early joint replacement.

Because cartilage does not heal on its own, Rush orthopedic surgeons offer and in many cases, helped develop — procedures that  stimulate the growth of new cartilage. These treatments restore the joint's natural anatomy, enabling normal function and relieving your pain. They can also slow the progression of osteoarthritis and help delay or even prevent the need for total joint replacement,

Cartilage restoration is mostly used in the knee, but Rush surgeons can also treat damaged cartilage in the shoulder, elbow, foot, ankle and hip.

We'll tailor your surgery for your unique anatomy and amount of cartilage damage to make sure you get the best possible results. Our goal is to help you return to an healthy, active lifestyle.

For your convenience, we offer cartilage restoration services at locations across Illinois and Northwest Indiana, including the Rush Cartilage Restoration Center, one of the nation's premier cartilage restoration programs.

Rush Excellence in Cartilage Restoration

  • Expertise that informs your care: The Cartilage Restoration Center at Rush University Medical Center was the first center of its kind in the Midwest and one of the first in the nation. We've pioneered a number of treatments and treated tens of thousands of patients — among the most in the U.S. So when we recommend an approach, it's because we are confident that it's the right option for you based on your condition, history and health.
  • A full range of proven and innovative treatment options: Our surgeons can transplant grafts (donor cartilage or the patient's own cartilage, including minced cartilage) to fill areas of cartilage loss; implant cartilage cells harvested from the patient to grow new cartilage; or perform a meniscus transplant to replace a meniscus that was previously removed. We combine these procedures with regenerative medicine techniques and biologics (e.g., stem cells, platelet-rich plasma) that shorten healing times and improve healing rates.
  • Minimally invasive cartilage transplant: Rush orthopedic surgeons can often perform cartilage transplant procedures using minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques. With arthroscopic surgery, you can leave the hospital and recover faster, with minimal scarring and less risk of infection.
  • Research to advance treatment: Rush Cartilage Restoration Center doctors are committed to keeping up-to-date on the latest surgical procedures, and they are also active researchers looking at ways to improve care for patients with joint damage. Through the center, you'll have access to clinical trials for new treatments that are not yet widely available, performed by some of the nation's most experienced cartilage restoration experts.
  • Access to leading joint replacement surgeons: If you do have bone-on-bone arthritis or have been told you need a joint replacement, you can access knee, shoulder, elbow, foot, ankle and hip replacement services at locations across the Rush System for your convenience.

Clinical Trials

Researchers at Rush are investigating new orthopedic treatments.

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Not only do we have among the most combined clinical experience in this arena nationally, we also lead the way in new research to improve the outcomes of these techniques.
Testimonials

It is very exciting to have access to state-of-the-art procedures like cartilage transplantation to provide pain relief and improved function to our patients. Not only do we have among the most combined clinical experience in this arena nationally, we also lead the way in new research to improve the outcomes of these techniques.

Adam Yanke, MD, PhD, Orthopedic Surgeon

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Chicago

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Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush

1611 W Harrison St
Orthopedic Building
Chicago, IL 60612-4861

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Aurora/Fox Valley

Rush Copley Highland Office

Castle Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine - Aurora Highland

1320 N Highland Ave
Suite B
Aurora, IL 60506

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Mon – Fri: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
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Castle Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine - Aurora Ogden

Castle Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine - Aurora Ogden

2111 Ogden Ave
Aurora, IL 60504

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Mon – Fri: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
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Rush Copley Healthcare Center

Castle Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine - Yorkville

1100 W Veterns Pkwy
Suite 1
Yorkville, IL 60560

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Mon – Fri: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
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Oak Brook

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Rush Oak Brook

2011 York Rd
Oak Brook, IL 60523

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Mon – Thu: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Fri: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sat: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm (Every first and third Saturday; for MRI, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. every Saturday)
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Oak Park/River Forest

Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush - Rush Oak Park Hospital

610 S Maple Ave
Rush Medical Office Building - Suite 1550
Oak Park, IL 60304-2802

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Romano Orthopaedic Center

7411 Lake St
Suite 2110
River Forest, IL 60305

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