Osteochondral Allograft Transplantation
Your body’s joints are lined with a smooth tissue known as hyaline cartilage, which acts as a shock absorber and allows the bones to move easily within the joint. Normal wear-and-tear or injury can cause defects in the cartilage, leaving irregular articular surfaces that limit movement. Patients with this condition often experience pain, swelling and even disability. To combat this, an osteochondral allograft transplantation is one surgical technique available to promote cartilage restoration. Utilizing fresh donor tissue, osteochondral allograft transplantation is recommended for large lesions that have affected the knee cartilage and subchondral bone, or the underlying bone beneath the cartilage. This particular method promises predicatible relief and lasting functional improvement in general.