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Articular cartilage paste graft surgical technique

Stone K.R., A.W. Walgenbach. 1997.

"Surgical technique for articular cartilage transplantation to full thickness cartilage defects in the knee joint." Oper Tech Orthop (7):305-311.

Focal arthritic defects in the knee lead to pain, swelling, and dysfunction. Treatment of the defects has include drilling, abrasion, and grafting. This report describes our surgical technique of autogenous articular cartilage grafting of arthritic and traumatic articular cartilage lesions. Articular cartilage grafting can be performed as a single arthroscopic outpatient procedure. The mixture of articular cartilage and cancellous bone appears to provide a supportive matrix for cartilage formation. Pain relief is excellent if careful surgical technique and a defined rehabilitation program is followed. Further collagen typing data and additional biopsies will reveal more about the durability of the newly formed cartilage.

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