A mosaicplasty is a surgical procedure to repair damaged joint cartilage by harvesting small cores of cartilage and bone from a non-weightbearing part of the joint and packing them into a mosaic to repair a larger weightbearing defect in the cartilage.
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How do they do a mosaicplasty?
Via a mini-arthrotomy incision the bone and cartilage plugs are taken with a small corer, similar to an apple corer. The preparation of the recipient bed to exactly the right depth and the press-fitting of the mosaic of cores is performed via arthroscopy. The patient is kept non-weightbearing on crutches for up to 4 weeks.
Hangody L, Kish G, Kárpáti Z, Udvarhelyi I, Szigeti I, Bély M. Mosaicplasty for the treatment of articular cartilage defects: application in clinical practice. Orthopedics. 1998 Jul;21(7):751-6. doi: 10.3928/0147-7447-19980701-04. PMID: 9672912.
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