Microfracture of articular cartilage

Mark F. Sommerfeldt, Robert A. Magnussen, Timothy E. Hewett, Christopher C. Kaeding, David C. Flanigan

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Microfracture is a treatment option for symptomatic, full-thickness cartilage defects. Microfracture is most likely to be successfulwhenperformed in nonobese patients under the age of thirty years for small (<2 to 4-cm2) femoral condylar defects that have been symptomatic for a short time (less than twelve to twenty-four months). Microfracture has acceptable short-term clinical results, but results canbe expected to decline over time. Long-term studies that compare microfracture with advanced cartilage restoration techniques are required to ascertain whether these newer techniques provide longer-lasting results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number00005
JournalJBJS reviews
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 14 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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