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What to expect for your MACI procedure

To help assist you prior to and throughout your MACI Procedure, the My MACI App is an excellent resource for personalized guidance on how to prepare, what to expect, and how to make the best of your rehabilitation program.

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To help assist you prior to and throughout your MACI Procedure, the My MACI App is an excellent resource for personalized guidance on how to prepare, what to expect, and how to make the best of your rehabilitation program.

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The My MACI App is your own personal guide leading up to your procedure and assisting you all the way through your rehabilitation.

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Preparing for surgery checklist

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1+ Weeks before surgery

Consider notifying your friends and family about your upcoming surgery.

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3 Days before surgery

Confirm the exact location and time of surgery. Arrange for transportation as you will not be able to drive home.

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1 Day before surgery

Follow your orthopedic surgeon’s recommendations regarding food, drink, and medications. Prepare your home for your reduced mobility. Get a good night’s sleep.

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Day of surgery

Wear loose and comfortable clothes. Arrive early with paperwork, ID, and insurance information. Remember, you will not be able to drive home following the surgery. Get answers to your day-of questions.

Immediately following surgery

Once you recover from the anesthesia, you will likely be released that same day. At the hospital, you’ll practice walking with crutches and may have a knee brace or splint.

It’s important to follow your orthopedic surgeon’s instructions on when to bathe, when and how to change dressings, and how to manage post-surgical care.

This is also a good time to make sure you have a plan laid out for the next couple of weeks with your surgeon and physical therapist.

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A key component of your preparation is getting set up with a rehabilitation program and physical therapist who can help get you back to your active lifestyle with personalized exercises and proper care.

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This can be a challenging decision. Get the information you want and support you deserve from the MACI experts.

Talk with real patients about their experience with MACI

Hear about real personal experiences with knee cartilage damage and MACI. The MACI Mentor Program gives you an opportunity to connect one-on-one with real people who have had the MACI procedure.

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To speak with a MACI Mentor, call 1-888-237-5493 or visit MACImentors.com

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Indication and Important Safety Information

Important Safety Information

MACI should not be used if you:

  • are allergic to antibiotics such as gentamicin, or materials that come from cow, pig, or ox;
  • have severe osteoarthritis of the knee, other severe inflammatory conditions, infections or inflammation in the bone joint and other surrounding tissue, or blood clotting conditions;
  • have had knee surgery in the past 6 months, not including surgery for obtaining a cartilage biopsy or a surgical procedure to prepare your knee for a MACI implant;
  • or cannot follow a doctor-prescribed rehabilitation program after your surgery

Consult your doctor if you have cancer in the area of the cartilage biopsy or implant as the safety of MACI is not known in those cases.

Conditions that existed before your surgery, including meniscus tears, joint or ligament instability, or alignment problems should be evaluated and treated before or at the same time as the MACI implant.

MACI is not recommended if you are pregnant.

MACI has not been studied in patients younger than 18 or over 55 years of age.

Common side effects include joint pain, tendonitis, back pain, joint swelling, and joint effusion.

More serious side effects include joint pain, cartilage or meniscus injury, treatment failure, and osteoarthritis.

Please see Full Prescribing Information for more information.

Indication

MACI® is made up of your own (autologous) cells that are expanded and placed onto a film that is implanted into the area of the cartilage damage and absorbed back into your own tissue. MACI is used for the repair of symptomatic cartilage damage of the adult knee.

MACI® (autologous cultured chondrocytes on porcine collagen membrane) is made up of your own (autologous) cells that are expanded and placed onto a film that is implanted into the area of the cartilage damage and absorbed back into your own tissue.

MACI is used for the repair of symptomatic cartilage damage of the adult knee.

The amount of MACI applied depends on the size of the cartilage damage. The MACI film is trimmed by your surgeon to match the size and shape of the damage, to ensure the damaged area is completely covered.

Limitations of Use

It is not known whether MACI is effective in joints other than the knee.

It is not known whether MACI is safe or effective in patients over the age of 55 years.