Dr Deepak Chaudhary, Director of the Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine Centre of BLK Super Speciality Hospital said during a press conference that he, along with his team performed Autologus Chondrocyte Implantation (ACI) to Jayant, a cricket player from Uttarakhand, who had been suffering from disabling knee pain after sustaining an injury, treated him completely and now he is back to active cricket and recently won state championship.
Several young sport persons Like Jayant and 58- years’ old golfer, Harbhajan Singh are included in the list of people who have been benefited by the treatment of Dr Chaudhary with advanced procedures- ACI and High Tibial Osteotomy (HTO).
“ACI is a joint preserving procedure, where in the first stage an arthroscopic evaluation of the knee joint is performed. Young cricketer’s injury was very disappointing. In Jayant’s s case, we found that he had a localised cartilage defect measuring about 20mm x 16mm in his Left knee whereas the rest of the cartilage was healthy. A small piece of the cartilage biopsy was taken from the non- articulating and non-weight bearing portion of the knee and the cartilage material was then sent to a highly specialised lab in Lonavala ( near Mumbai ) where patient’s own cartilage cells were cultured and re-grown and multiplied upto 48 million chondrocyte cells . In the second stage, done after four weeks, through a small incision over the joint, the cultured chondrocytes gel received from the lab were used to fill the defect,” said Dr Deepak Chaudhary, Director, BLK Centre for Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine Centre, BLK Super Speciality Hospital.
Dr Chaudhary, who along with Dr. Shiv Chouksey and team has the distinction performing the maximum number of ACI in India, said that the facility of doing this highly specialised procedure is available only in higher orthopaedic centres in the country and BLK Centre is well equipped to deal with joint preservation. The facility comes as a boon to young sport persons who unfortunately face severe joint injuries that keep them away from the field.