Medically reviewed by board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Nic Gay, MD and Dr. Kerisimasi Reynolds, MD
Osteochondral Autograft Transplantation Surgery (OATS)
Osteochondral autograft transplantation surgery (OATS) is an effective joint preservation treatment available at Silicon Valley Orthopaedics in California. The cartilage that provides protection for joints is not capable of repairing damage without intervention. Joint preservation treatments like OATS are designed to provide patients with pain relief, improved joint function and a reprieve from progressive cartilage wear.
What is OATS?
Worn or damaged cartilage results in symptoms including pain, stiffness and inflammation of the joints. Osteochondral autograft transplantation surgery (OATS) is an appropriate treatment for patients wishing to avoid the need for a joint replacement. The treatment reduces pain and improves range of movement in the joint, allowing an improved quality of life.
Using bone and cartilage that is harvested from other locations in the patient’s body, Dr. Nic Gay and Dr. Masi Reynolds can replace damaged cartilage in an affected joint. OATS is often used in combination with bone grafting to improve outcomes for increased joint function. Donor samples that are taken from the patient ensure that rejection of the bone and cartilage do not occur.
Active adults who are below the age of fifty are most suited for treatment using OATS joint preservation techniques. If damage has occurred as the result of an injury, rather than disease, outcomes are generally better. The main objective of OATS as a joint preservation procedure is to slow down the progression of wear and tear, often negating any future need for joint replacement.
Dr. Nic Gay and Dr. Masi Reynolds will base OATS recommendations on the results of a comprehensive clinical examination at Silicon Valley Orthopaedics in California. Joint preservation treatments may be combined to improve outcomes for the patient.
If you would like to explore OATS as a joint preservation treatment in California, reach out to Silicon Valley Orthopaedics for an expert consultation today.