Injured Athletes Can Return To Sports With Cartilage Transplant

Stating that cartilage injuries due to sports activities are treatable via cartilage transplantation from a donor, Orthopedics and Traumatology Specialist Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gökhan Meriç said, "In a study conducted with NBA professional athletes who refrained from sports due to cartilage damage, it was shown that 80 percent of the athletes were able to return to sports life with their pre-injury performance after cartilage transplantation."

Pointing out that sports-related injuries are on the rise in our country, due to a recent increase towards sports, Yeditepe University Hospitals Orthopedics and Traumatology Specialist Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gökhan Meriç said that one of the most common injuries is cartilage damage. Pointing out that very effective results can be achieved with cartilage transplantation for people who face this problem, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gökhan Meriç said that the return to sports, which is very important especially for professional athletes, is very fast after cartilage transplantation. He explained that successful results were achieved with this treatment, especially in young patients, in people with excessive cartilage damage, and in cases where other treatment methods failed.

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