One-Step Cartilage Repair with Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrated Cells and Collagen Matrix in Full-Thickness Knee Cartilage Lesions
Comment: The following article is regarding knee regeneration, however ankle regeneration is very similar the only difference is the injection location. We treat many ankles with these methods, however we use the adipose tissue to collect the stem cells. We feel it it better.
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Results at 2-Year Follow-up
- Alberto Gobbi1⇓
- Georgios Karnatzikos1
- Celeste Scotti2
- Vivek Mahajan1
- Laura Mazzucco3
- Brunella Grigolo4
1Orthopaedic Arthroscopic Surgery International, Bioresearch Foundation, Milan, Italy
2Residency Program in Orthopaedics and Traumatology, University of Milan, Milan, Italy
3Centro Trasfusionale e Laboratorio Biotecnologie, Ospedale SS Antonioe Biagio, Alessandria, Italy
4Laboratorio di Immunoreumatologia e Rigenerazione Tissutale, Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli , Bologna, Italy
- Alberto Gobbi, MD, Orthopaedic Arthroscopic Surgery International, Via Amadeo 24, 20133, Milan, Italy Email: email@example.com
Objective: The purpose of our study was to determine the effectiveness of cartilage repair utilizing 1-step surgery with bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC) and a collagen I/III matrix (Chondro-Gide, Geistlich, Wolhusen, Switzerland). Materials and Methods: We prospectively followed up for 2 years 15 patients (mean age, 48 years) who were operated for grade IV cartilage lesions of the knee. Six of the patients had multiple chondral lesions; the average size of the lesions was 9.2 cm2. All patients underwent a mini-arthrotomy and concomitant transplantation with BMAC covered with the collagen matrix. Coexisting pathologies were treated before or during the same surgery. X-rays and MRI were collected preoperatively and at 1 and 2 years’ follow-up. Visual analog scale (VAS), International Knee Documentation Committee (IKDC), Knee injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score (KOOS), Lysholm, Marx, SF-36 (physical/mental), and Tegner scores were collected preoperatively and at 6, 12, and 24 months’ follow-up. Four patients gave their consent for second-look arthroscopy and 3 of them for a concomitant biopsy. Results: Patients showed significant improvement in all scores at final follow-up (P < 0.005). Patients presenting single lesions and patients with small lesions showed higher improvement. MRI showed coverage of the lesion with hyaline-like tissue in all patients in accordance with clinical results. Hyaline-like histological findings were also reported for all the specimens analyzed. No adverse reactions or postoperative complications were noted. Conclusion: This study showed that 1-step surgery with BMAC and collagen I/III matrix could be a viable technique in the treatment of grade IV knee chondral lesions.