Applications for osteochondral allografts

  • F. Gaul
  • W. D. BugbeeEmail author


Transplantation of fresh osteochondral allografts (OCA) can be used in a wide variety of different injuries and joint diseases as well as a salvage procedure after primary failed cartilage repair. Large and deep osteochondral defects can be completely reconstructed in a one-stage procedure without having the issue of donor site morbidity. For the patient, OCA transplantation provides reliable symptomatic pain relief and lasting functional improvements with the possibility of delaying or eliminating the need for arthroplasty.


Chondral defect Knee joint Transplantation Reconstruction Analgesia 

Einsatzmöglichkeiten osteochondraler Allografts


Transplantationen von frischen osteochondralen Allografts (OCA) können zur Primärtherapie einer Vielzahl unterschiedlicher Gelenkverletzungen und Erkrankungen eingesetzt werden und stellen auch im Revisionsfall nach nicht erfolgreicher Knorpeltherapie eine alternative Behandlungsmethode dar. Große und tiefe (osteo)chondrale Defekte können dabei mit nur einem Eingriff vollständig rekonstruiert werden. Dem Patienten bietet sich ein Verfahren, dass zuverlässig Schmerzen reduziert, zu langanhaltender Funktionsverbesserung führt und im besten Fall eine endoprothetische Versorgung verhindert oder zumindest verzögert.


Knorpeldefekt Kniegelenk Transplantation Rekonstruktion Schmerzreduktion 


Compliance with ethical guidelines

Conflict of interest

F. Gaul and W.D. Bugbee declare that they have no competing interests.

For this article no studies with human participants or animals were performed by any of the authors. All studies performed were in accordance with the ethical standards indicated in each case.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Shiley Center for Orthopaedic Research and Education at Scripps ClinicLa JollaUSA
  2. 2.Gelenkzentrum Dr. RoseLeipzigGermany
  3. 3.Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryScripps ClinicLa JollaUSA

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