Using cells to heal cartilage defects

By Jennie McKee

Chondrocyte implantation may be better than microfracture

Many orthopaedists consider microfracture the “first-line” strategy for treating articular cartilage defects of the knee (Fig. 1). The procedure—in which tiny fractures are made in the subchondral bone to stimulate new cartilage growth—is cost-effective and minimally invasive.

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