Results of Osteochondral Autologous Transplantation in the Knee
Sandra Muller*, 1, Roelf S Breederveld2, Wim E Tuinebreijer3
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2010
First Page: 111
Last Page: 114
Publisher ID: TOORTHJ-4-111
Article History:Received Date: 15/11/2009
Revision Received Date: 10/12/2009
Acceptance Date: 25/12/2009
Electronic publication date: 17/2/2010
Collection year: 2010
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Repair of full thickness defects of articular cartilage in the knee is difficult but important to prevent progression to osteoarthritis. The purpose of this retrospective study was to evaluate the clinical results of Osteochondral Autograft Transplant System (OATS) treatment for articular defects of the knee.
Between 1999 and 2005, 15 knees (14 patients) were treated by the OATS technique. Age ranged from 27 to 52 years. Cartilage defects were up to 3.75 cm2. The mean follow-up was 42 months. Knee function was assessed by the Lysholmscore and International Knee Documentation Committee (IKDC) Subjective Knee Form. Six patients scored good or excellent. No patient had knee instability. Twelve of 13 patients returned to sports at an intermediate or high level. The subjective assessment score (0-10) changed from 4.7 before operation to 7.2 afterward (P=0.007). The OATS-technique resulted in a decrease in symptoms in patients with localized articular cartilage defects. We consider the OATS technique to be an appropriate treatment for cartilage defects to prevent progression of symptoms.