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Microfracture

Microfracture is a surgical procedure where a tiny 'pick' is used to spike holes through damaged joint cartilage into the bone below, to allow migration of marrow cells into the resultant clot, and facilitate new cartilage formation.

The technique was first proposed by Dr Richard (Dick) Steadman, and is one of a group of procedures now referred to as 'marrow stimulation techniques'.

Stem cells, regenerative orthopaedics and the knee

02 Jun, 2013

An overview of current stem cell practice relating to the knee and a hint of the future.

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Articular cartilage repair - a course by Karen Hambly, PhD, MCSP

04 Mar, 2008

A short but sound overview of the issue of damage to the joint cartilage, and what can be done about it.

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