Originally developed as a therapy for injured athletes, marrow stimulation uses the innate healing ability of bone marrow to treat cartilage damage. Today, thanks to innovative SmartShot technology, your doctor can perform marrow stimulation procedures more precisely and less invasively than ever before.
In marrow stimulation procedures, your doctor creates small holes in the bone’s surface below the injured cartilage, allowing stem-cell-rich bone marrow to flow from the bone. This triggers a natural healing reaction, with the ability to form a new cartilage layer within the injured area.
You may have heard of “microfracture” procedures for accessing bone marrow. With microfracture, the doctor hits a mallet, forcing a pick into the bone, which can crush and compact bone and nerve cells. Another process, powered drilling, generates cell-damaging heat. SmartShot is different, creating tiny, precise channels that stimulate more marrow with less bone damage than traditional processes.