Techniques for cartilage repair in chondral and osteochondral defects of the knee

Published online: Apr 27 2011

Joel Thomas Kirk Melton, Andrew James Cossey

From Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth, UK


Many techniques are currently used in an attempt to regenerate cartilage surfaces in the presence of a chondral or osteochondral defect. Clinical results have been mixed and no single treatment has emerged as being superior. This article reviews the techniques previously and currently being used and evidence to support their use.