A mosaicplasty is a surgical procedure to repair damaged joint (hyaline) cartilage.

Small plugs of cartilage and underlying bone are harvested from elsewhere, and packed into the prepared defect. mosaicplasty  
  The gap between the plugs may fill with fibrous tissue rather than cartilage, which is a flaw in the procedure.  


How do they do a mosaicplasty?

Small plugs of normal cartilage are taken from another part of the knee and packed tightly together in the prepared cavity, resembling a mosaic. The gaps are filled with fibrocartilage to heal the defect and protect the joint surface from further damage.


Surgical cartilage repair for knee osteoarthritis

An overview of the various options available for surgical cartilage repair of the knee.



Knee donor-site morbidity after mosaicplasty – a systematic review. Andrade R, Vasta S, Pereira R, Pereira H, Papalia R, Karahan M, Oliveira JM, Reis RL and Espregueira-Mendes J. J Exp Orthop. 2016 Dec; 3: 31.

A new point of view for mosaicplasty in the treatment of focal cartilage defects of knee joint: honeycomb pattern. Erol MF and Karakoyun O. Springerplus. 2016; 5(1): 1170.

See also -