Leading-Edge Strategies to Regenerate Hyaline Cartilage

My final blog in this series on biologic strategies for repairing joint damage focuses on leading edge treatments designed to stimulate the regeneration of new hyaline cartilage: Osteochondral Autograft Transplantation (OATS or Mosaicplasty), Osteochondral Allograft Transplantation, Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation (ACI) and Stem Cell and Tissue engineering. Unlike PRP (platelet rich plasma) or drilling, abrasion and…

Arthroscopic Techniques to Stimulate the Production of Joint Fibrocartilage

In the third blog focusing on biologic strategies to preserve, “heal” or encourage the growth of new joint cartilage, I will describe three arthroscopic techniques that deliberately cause bleeding to stimulate the development of fibrocartilage to form and cover an exposed, arthritic area in the joint. These techniques include drilling, abrasion and, the most recent…