Treatment of deep cartilage defects in the knee with autologous chondrocyte transplantation.


BACKGROUND Full-thickness defects of articular cartilage in the knee have a poor capacity for repair. They may progress to osteoarthritis and require total knee replacement. We performed autologous chondrocyte transplantation in 23 people with deep cartilage defects in the knee. METHODS The patients ranged in age from 14 to 48 years and had full-thickness… (More)