Focal resurfacing involves using a small implant of metal or plastic to replace an area of damaged joint surface.

focal implant of femoral condyle

Focal implant on femoral condyle.


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



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 and Cantiller EB. Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 2017 Sep;137(9):1307-1317. doi: 10.1007/s00402-017-2717-8. Epub 2017 May 19.

Partial Resurfacing of the Knee with the BioPoly Implant. Nathwani D, McNicholas M, Hart A, Miles J and Bobić V. JB JS Open Access. 2017 Jun 26; 2(2): e0011.

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