Knee arthroscopy and microfracture of osteochondral defect
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Microfracture is a form of cartilage repair that was popularised in the 1980s by Richard Steadman in Colorado, USA. It is not overly technically demanding and has shown good functional outcomes for small (<2cm2) lesions. Original data from the 1980s suggested its use for larger lesions (up to 4cm2). More recent evidence such as NICE guidance and alternative treatments, such as autologous chondrocyte implantation (ACI), have narrowed the indications of microfracture based on size.
It is a straightforward procedure to undertake in one sitting and worthwhile for appropriate sized lesions. However it must be appreciated that microfracture creates repair-type fibrocartilage rather than hyaline cartilage, which is inferior in terms of biomechanics and longevity.
Modern cartilage regeneration techniques are also available and garnering good evidence, especially for larger lesions. Autologous cartilage implantation (ACI) for example is a much more costly, 2-stage procedure. The size of the lesion therefore is critical in the decision making process as the results of ACI can be impaired by previous failed regenerative procedures including microfracture.
Author :Mr Andrew Pearse FRCS (Tr & Orth)
Institution: The Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, UK.
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