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General Treatment Algorithm for Cartilage Defects

  • Andreas H. Gomoll
  • Christian Lattermann
  • Jack Farr
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Abstract

Articular cartilage defects of the knee are common. While not all are symptomatic, it is at times a challenge to attribute the symptoms to an aneural tissue. Although a detailed physical examination and evaluation of imaging studies is essential to correctly identify those that may benefit from surgical intervention, a comprehensive approach is necessary to optimize outcomes. This methodical analysis of the cartilage problem and associated comorbidities requires a structured approach. This chapter will discuss the evaluation and treatment algorithm for cartilage defects.

Keywords

Cartilage defects Cartilage etiology Treatment options 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andreas H. Gomoll
    • 1
  • Christian Lattermann
    • 2
  • Jack Farr
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Orthopedic SurgeryBrigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical SchoolChestnut HillUSA
  2. 2.Department of Orthopedic SurgeryUniversity of KentuckyLexingtonUSA
  3. 3.Department of Orthopedic SurgeryCartilage Restoration Center of IndianaGreenwoodUSA
  4. 4.OrthoIndy and Indiana Orthopedic HospitalGreenwoodUSA

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