resurfacing implants

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A focal implant is an implant of metal or plastic that replaces a small and discrete area of damaged joint surface.

focal implant of femoral condyle
trochlear implant

A focal implant may prevent further damage in a way analogous to a dental filling, providing an alternative to a joint replacement. Patients with such a problem are often relatively young with otherwise healthy joint cartilage.

focal resurfacing
focal cartilage implant

Discussion looking at the alternatives to a joint replacement in active patients whose osteoarthritis tends to be limited.

An interpretation of a published journal article from 2017.



Prosthetic inlay resurfacing for the treatment of focal, full thickness cartilage defects of the femoral condyle: a bridge between biologics and conventional arthroplasty. Bollars P, Bosquet, M, Vandekerckhove B, Hardeman F and Bellemans, J. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc; 2012 Sep;20(9):1753-9

A Comparison of the Outcomes for Cartilage Defects of the Knee Treated With Biologic Resurfacing Versus Focal Metallic Implants. Pascual-Garrido C, Daley E, Verma NN, Cole BJ. Arthroscopy. 2017 Feb;33(2):364-373

Focal articular prosthetic resurfacing for the treatment of full-thickness articular cartilage defects in the knee: 12-year follow-up of two cases and review of the literature. Becher C, Cantiller EB. Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 2017 Sep;137(9):1307-1317

Biological Response Following Inlay Arthroplasty of the Knee: Cartilage Flow Over the Implant. Beyzadeoglu T and Pehlivanoglu T. Cartilage. 2018 Apr; 9(2): 156–160.

See also -

eBook about alternatives to knee replacement

eBook - Knee arthritis interventions when you are too young for a total knee replacement

Easy to read eBook to help you make decisions if you have knee arthritis and are too young for a knee replacement.