Marrow Stimulation and Microfracture for the Repair of Articular Cartilage Lesions

  • Daniel J. Solomon
  • Riley J. WilliamsIII
  • Russell E. Warren


Small full-thickness chondral injuries of the knee can be treated by marrow stimulation techniques. In the United States, the technique used most frequently to address posttraumatic femoral cartilage defects is microfracture arthroplasty. This chapter reviews the history, underlying theory, technique, and outcomes of microfracture and other marrow stimulation techniques.

Key words

Microfracture cartilage knee defect 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel J. Solomon
    • 1
  • Riley J. WilliamsIII
    • 2
    • 3
  • Russell E. Warren
    • 4
    • 2
  1. 1.Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryNaval Medical CenterSan Diego
  2. 2.Weill Medical College of Cornell UniversityNew York
  3. 3.Hospital for Special SurgeryInstitute for Cartilage RepairNew York
  4. 4.Hospital for Special SurgeryNew York

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