MR imaging for surgical planning and postoperative assessment in early osteoarthritis.

@article{Azer2004MRIF,
  title={MR imaging for surgical planning and postoperative assessment in early osteoarthritis.},
  author={Nigel M Azer and Carl S. Winalski and Tom Minas},
  journal={Radiologic clinics of North America},
  year={2004},
  volume={42 1},
  pages={
          43-60
        }
}
Chondral lesions in young active patients are a common problem encountered by orthopedic surgeons. Owing to the lack of vascularity, isolated chondral lesions do not heal spontaneously and may lead to osteoarthritis, creating a difficult treatment conundrum. Arthroscopic lavage and debridement provide temporary symptomatic relief without addressing the underlying pathology. Marrow stimulation techniques fill the defects with fibrocartilage that is believed to be biomechanically inferior… CONTINUE READING
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