Human Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation

Sairam, with the Divine Grace of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba , the Sri Sathya Sai Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, Prasnathigram in collaboration with the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Prasanthi Nilayam, became the first hospital in the country to perform an Autologous Chondrocyte Implanatation, where the chondrocyte cells were grown in the same hospital as the implantation was performed. The surgery was performed totally free of charge, as with all the treatment provided to patients at hospitals founded by Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

The case involved a 25-year-old male taxi driver from Hindupur with a severe cartilage defect, which was successfully treated by this procedure. A cartilage biopsy was taken by arthroscopic (key hole) surery on 22.6.2015 and from this biopsy about 8 million chondrocytes were cultured at the SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram’s laboratory, which were then implated back in the cartilage defect by another surgery on 19.8.2015.
The patient is on rehabiiltation and doing well without any pain or discomfort.

This procedure obivates hte need of a total joint replacement surgery.Cartilage defects in

knee joint is a common problem especially in young active patients, which leads to severe pain and joint dysfunction eventually progressing to osteoarthritis. In severe osteoarthirtis the usual treatment is a knee replacement surgery.

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