Cell therapy is the infusion, injection or transplantation of whole cells back into a patient for treatment of a condition. In autologous therapy the patient is the source (donor) of their own therapy. With the patient acting as their own donor, the risk of rejection and the use of immunosuppressive therapy is minimized.

MACI repairs knee cartilage damage using a patient’s own cells to help them return to an active lifestyle

How does autologous cell therapy work?

The goal of cell therapy is to repair or restore damaged tissues using cells. For our therapies, tissue from the patient is collected by a qualified and trained surgeon, and then processed and expanded by Vericel into a specific cell type or multicellular therapy. The patient?s own cells are then returned to the surgeon for implantation.

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