Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine

, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp 229–235 | Cite as

The use of osteochondral allografts in the management of cartilage defects

  • Marco Demange
  • Andreas H. GomollEmail author
Sports non-ACL (TS Wanich, Section Editor)


Large symptomatic osteochondral defects in a young active population represent a therapeutic challenge for orthopedic surgeons, since standard interventions such as debridement, microfracture and autologous osteochondral transfer are not suitable for the treatment of these larger lesions. Fresh osteochondral allograft transplantation provides a surgical option for these challenging defects, both as a primary procedure and for salvage of prior failed treatment attempts. This article reviews the basic science, indications, technique, and evidence for osteochondral allograft transplantation in the knee.


Cartilage repair Osteochondral allograft transplantation Biologic joint reconstruction 



No potential conflicts of interest relevant to this article were reported.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cartilage Repair Center Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryBrigham and Women’s Hospital Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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