Features June 2007 Issue

New Ways To Repair Cartilage

Microscaffolding and faster implantation of cartilage cells are leading the way in knee reconstruction—all without the need for joint replacement.

Repair and reuse, rather than replace. It’s not just the mantra of the environmentally conscious, but also the preferred approach of orthopaedic surgeons dealing with defects in joint cartilage, especially if the defects are small and the joint otherwise healthy. In our March 2003 issue, we explained the primary techniques used to repair small tears or lesions in knee cartilage: microfracture, implantation of freshly grown cartilage cells, or use of cartilage plugs taken from elsewhere in the joint.

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