Cartilage, the way we repair it makes our patients interested, as well as all our colleagues all over the world!

What does it mean?

It means the “team’s” awareness. A group in which everyone has a different, but precise role.

The common aim is the patient’s well-being.

It is a thrilling job. It’s true, stalemates and misunderstandings exist, it’s not paradise.

But it is exciting to see how “our machine” is improving and facing always bigger challenges, day by day. Always more important challenges.

The challenge is curing our patients the best we can, with the help of new figures my grandfather didn’t have at his disposal, when he was a doctor like me. Biologists, engineers, statisticians: always offering what’s best is not enough anymore! We must analyse our results in order to understand if what we do today is really a step forward, compared to yesterday!

We have arrived at a point for which curing our patients today means also sharing our experiences with other surgeons and teams all over the world.

That’s why I’m not in my operating room today, with my patients and my team.

The meeting at Glasgow Conference

I’m flying to Glasgow to explain to our colleagues in the UK how we treat our patients when their cartilage has some problems.

It is a brand-new, less invasive technique, which offers a lot of hope to those patients, athletes or not, who find themselves “limping”, having a “swollen ankle”, not being able to do what they want to anymore, because of their ankle cartilage problems.

Briefly, our treatment permits to give some order to the regenerative potientialities which our ankle has always had, but of which we have never taken advantage so well!

1) First of all, treating cartilage means exploiting all the potentialities of our bone marrow. That’s why, in the presence of cartilage damage, we perform nano-perforations: a lot of tiny holes, of the size of a few millimeters (or even less), inside the bone, in order to facilitate the surface leakage of these “blessed” bone marrow cells, which are progenitors of any kind of tissue, and capable of giving life to a new cartilage as well.

2) These “magic” cells, being abandoned on a sclerotic and ill bone surface, aren’t able, on their own, to find the necessary conditions to produce such an orderly tissue like the cartilage. On their own, they can produce at most small tangles of cartilage (fibrocartilage). That’s why we position on the fracture area a membrane deriving from bioengineering studies, It acts like a real three-dimensional house to these cells, similar to a beehive. Our cartilage repair treatment is born.

3) Each step is performed arthroscopically that means with the help of a camera without it being necessary to open the articulation.

Proudly, thanks to all my team.

Today, we are all together here in Scotland!