Orthopaedics Today Europe | EFORT

March 2013

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Volume 16 • Number 3 March 2013 Healio.com/Orthopaedics The Official newspaper of efort COVER STORY There are several articular cartilage repair techniques being used, including microfracture, autologous chondrocyte implantation and mosaicplasty, and orthopaedic surgeons have found they offer some improvement for patients, overall. The physicians who spoke with Orthopaedics Today Europe discussed indications for the major techniques currently used worldwide and noted that results of each approach are somewhat mixed. From their comments it seems that orthopaedic clinicians and researchers are divided over which cartilage repair approaches are optimal and whether developments being worked on now will deliver on the promise of improved outcomes in the future. continued on page 9 Image: Philippi-vandeKuil A Cell therapy, biomaterials and other options may enhance cartilage repair To improve on autologous cartilage repair methods now used in the knee, Daniël B.F. Saris, MD, PhD, of Utrecht, the Netherlands, foresees biomaterial-only options emerging in the future.

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