The Cartilage Repair Center is an internationally recognized center for biological repair methods for patients with cartilage damage and early-stage arthritis. The Center is affiliated with Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, where both Drs. Minas and Gomoll have academic appointments. Our vision is to use innovative treatment methods for restoring damaged cartilage, with the goal of preventing the onset or progression of osteoarthritis and returning patients to the highest level of function possible. Being at the forefront of biological and tissue engineering advancements, we are able to offer our patients the most advanced treatment options.
The CRC has pioneered many developments in the diagnosis and treatment of cartilage damage, including the first autologous chondrocyte implantation (ACI or Carticel) in the United States; largest experience with ACI in the US; and busiest clinical center dedicated to the treatment of cartilage damage and early arthritis. We have also developed a partial joint replacement that is custom manufactured for each specific patient based on advanced MRI sequences, and implanted in a minimally invasive fashion. We are actively involved in numerous clinical studies investigating next generation technologies for cartilage repair in order to provide our patients with the most advanced treatment options available in the US and abroad.
Our tertiary referral center is an integrated team of musculoskeletal experts devoted to quality patient care. Through this collaborative effort, our team is able to provide cutting edge technology and services to maximize patient outcomes. Through the Center's vast experience in diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal conditions, a more thorough understanding of matching techniques to individual conditions and appropriate patient follow-up has been firmly established.
The CRC is collaborating closely with the Division of Musculoskeletal Radiology at Brigham and Women's Hospital to investigate and apply new diagnostic tools for the non-invasive monitoring of cartilage repair procedures. The latest Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Computed Tomography (CT) scanners are available on-site for convenient access. Addtionally, a Radiologist specializing in cartilage imaging reviews all imaging studies within hours of the scan. Our on-site Physical Therapists are trained in the detailed and incremental rehabilitation program required after cartilage repair procedures. If you travel from out-of state or abroad, they will be happy to go over the program with you prior to your departure back home.