Indianapolis — OrthoIndy announces that through their affiliated Orthopedic Research Foundation, Dr. Jack Farr of Indianapolis will initiate a new cartilage investigational study. This will be the first clinical investigation for the procedure in the United States. The surgery will take place on Thursday, March 30, 2006 at the Indiana Orthopaedic Surgery Center, 5255 E Stop 11 Road, Indianapolis, IN. The Cartilage Autograft Implantation System (CAIS), a process developed by DePuy Mitek (Raynham, MA), is being investigated to determine if it could repair cartilage. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted approval to begin a study for this investigational procedure. The study will begin in spring 2006.
The Cartilage Autograft Implantation System (CAIS) involves harvesting a sample of the patient’s own cartilage onto a bioabsorbable scaffold and implanting it into the knee during the same surgical procedure.
The CAIS procedure is limited to patients with focal articular cartilage defects of the knee on the femoral articular surfaces (medial and lateral femoral condyles and trochlea) who meet all other inclusion and exclusion criteria. Patients between 18 and 55 years of age, who have normal radiographs and symptoms of focal knee pain, such as effusion, catching, limited motion or stiffness, may be considered for the screening phase of the study. Eligible patients will also have documented focal articular cartilage lesions not previously treated with restoration.
For further information on this study please contact Vicki Snodgrass, BA, CCRC, Research Coordinator for Dr. Jack Farr, II at (317) 884-5230 or vsnodgrass@OrthoIndy.com
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On March 1, 2005, OrthoIndy opened the Indiana Orthopaedic Hospital to provide central Indiana residents with complete musculoskeletal care in a patient-focused, like-home environment. For more information on OrthoIndy, call (317) 802-2000 or visit www.orthoindy.com