Volume 16 • Number 3
The Official newspaper of efort
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.
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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.