New surgery uses patient's own cartilage to fix knee
Clinical trials for a new way to repair cartilage damage in the knee are in phase three, and showing promising results. The current standard treatment, micro fracture, involves making small holes in the bone, which will create a hybrid cartilage that may break down over time. Doctors are using a patient’s own cartilage to make the fix.

“We are harvesting their cartilage and growing it in a lab and then reimplanting that cartilage in a patient where they're missing a piece of cartilage,” detailed Dr.Grumet.M.D. , an orthopedic surgeon at Hoag Orthopedic Institute in Los Angeles, California, who’s running a trial on the NeoCart autologous tissue implant.