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“A Unifying Theory” Treatment Algorithm for Cartilage Defects

  • Andreas H. Gomoll
  • Christian Lattermann
  • Jack Farr
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Abstract

While articular cartilage defects of the knee are common, most are asymptomatic. On the other hand, many symptomatic knees do not have cartilage lesions. As a result, it is a challenge to attribute symptoms, specifically pain to articular cartilage which is an aneural tissue. A detailed physical examination and evaluation of imaging studies is the first step to correctly identify those patients who may benefit from surgical intervention. Once identified as a surgical candidate, a comprehensive approach is key to optimize outcomes. This methodical analysis of the cartilage problem and associated comorbidities requires a structured approach. This chapter will discuss the evaluation and treatment algorithm for cartilage defects.

Keywords

Cartilage defects Cartilage etiology Treatment options Cartilage restoration algorithm 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andreas H. Gomoll
    • 1
  • Christian Lattermann
    • 2
  • Jack Farr
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Orthopedic SurgeryHospital for Special SurgeryNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Division of Sports MedicineBrigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard UniversityBostonUSA
  3. 3.OrthoIndy Knee Preservation and Cartilage Restoration Center of IndianaIndianapolisUSA

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