Do you have damaged knee cartilage? Participate in a research study
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"We want to find out if a new experimental surgical procedure is safe and effective for knee cartilage damage"
Age: 18 to 65 years old
Healthy Volunteers: No
Keywords: knee pain, cartilage defects, knee cartilage, knee injury, knee swelling
Type: Procedure study, Phase 3
10 Participants
We invite people with cartilage damage of the knee to participate in this research study. This study will compare an experimental procedure with a standard treatment for knee cartilage damage.

Cartilage damage of the knee happens when the protective soft tissue at the ends of bones (cartilage) wears down. This process occurs slowly and worsens over time.

In this study you may receive one of two possible surgical procedures. One procedure is the investigational Novocart® 3D cartilage implant system. This implant system uses your own cartilage cells. The cells are grown outside your body in a lab. They are then introduced into your injured knee to re-grow and fill in the injured area. The other possible procedure is called Microfracture. It is one of the standard treatments for knee cartilage damage.

The Novocart® 3D cartilage implant system has not received approval in the US but has been on the market in Europe as an Advanced Therapy Medicinal Product since 2003.

This clinical research study happens at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UC Davis. You will receive certain research procedures at no cost and compensation for your time is available. Sign up to learn more.
This study requires

This study involves up to two surgical procedures and 4 follow-up visits during the first year and then visits every 6 months through 5 years after the procedure.

Who can participate
  • Be 18 or older
  • Knee cartilage injury (the femoral condyle 2-6 cm2)
  • Have knee pain

Who cannot participate:

  • Instability of the knee joint
  • Significant arthritis
  • Immune suppression
  • Prior knee surgery treatment using mosaicplasty, autologous chondrocyte implantation and/or microfracture

Other eligibility criteria will be determined during an initial call. Qualified participants will receive detailed information about the study. Sign up to learn more!

You will receive a total of up to $1150 if you complete all study visits.
Study duration and period
The research study will last for a period of approximately 5 years.
Recruitment period
From May 7, 2018
Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center
4860 Y Street
Sacramento, CA 95817
Julia Martin, CCRC

Have any questions or want to learn more? Leave your contact details below and the research team will reach out to you.


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