Chondrocytes are cartilage cells and when there is significant cartilage damage, the cells have difficulty regenerating. Autologous chondrocyte implantation means that cartilage cells are removed from your own joint and then grown in a lab and implanted into the damaged area of the joint. This study shows promising results over the long term. More on arthritis .
Conclusion: Autologous chondrocyte implantation has emerged as an effective and durable solution for the treatment of large full-thickness
cartilage and osteochondral lesions of the knee joint. Our study suggests that the clinical and functional outcomes remain
high even 10 to 20 years after the implantation.