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Arthroscopic autologous condrocyte transplantation: technical note

  • M. Marcacci
  • S. Zaffagnini
  • E. Kon
  • A. Visani
  • F. Iacono
  • I. Loreti
Knee

Abstract.

We describe an arthroscopic surgical technique for tissue engineered cartilage grafting. A three-dimensional hyaluronic acid support is used for autologous chondrocyte culturing. The technique reduces morbidity of classic autologous implant and avoids open surgery and the use of a periosteal flap. The procedure includes the advantages of arthroscopic osteochondral grafting without donor site morbidity. With this technique is possible to reduce the patient morbidity, time and cost of surgery.

Cartilage Autologous chondrocyte transplantation Surgical technique Knee Arthroscopy 

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© Springer-Verlag 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Marcacci
    • 1
  • S. Zaffagnini
    • 1
  • E. Kon
    • 1
  • A. Visani
    • 1
  • F. Iacono
    • 1
  • I. Loreti
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratorio di Biomeccanica, Istituti Ortopedici Rizzoli, Via di Barbiano 1/10, 40136 Bologna, ItalyItaly

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