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The OSTEOARTHRITIS DEPARTMENT => KNEE ARTHRITIS - Articular cartilage repair => CARTILAGE REPAIR - Osteochondral autografts and allografts (eg OATS & mosaicplasty) => Topic started by: irishgal on March 02, 2014, 04:33:01 PM

Title: Synthetic Scaffold Mosaicplasty??
Post by: irishgal on March 02, 2014, 04:33:01 PM
I have a focal chondral defect on my LFC (weightbearing) and my surgeon suggests I have mosaicplasty with synthetic plugs.  I've read a lot about Mosaicplasty in general but can't find any information out there on using synthetic plugs.  Has anyone ever had this done or know anything about it?  Thanks!
Title: Re: Synthetic Scaffold Mosaicplasty??
Post by: irishgal on March 15, 2014, 12:02:08 PM
Well, I haven't received any replies so that has me even more concerned that this is too experimental.  Last ditch effort for info from anyone out there???
Title: Re: Synthetic Scaffold Mosaicplasty??
Post by: Vickster on March 15, 2014, 01:20:31 PM
Do you mean the trufit plugs? 

http://www.kneeclinic.info/problems_articular_cartilage.php some info here

If you google or use the knee geeks search function, you'll get some hits. 

http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/search.html?cx=partner-pub-1712090951856680%3Arbli5914bwc&cof=FORID%3A9&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=Trufit&sa=Search+Site

Rarely used, I only remember one recentish poster on here and they had failed

You really need to talk to your surgeon about this surgery, success rates etc

Why does he not want to use a more tried and tested autologous oats or an aci or de novo method?
Title: Re: Synthetic Scaffold Mosaicplasty??
Post by: JuhaH on March 16, 2014, 11:05:44 AM
Hi,

Here's (https://www.google.com/#q=mosaicplasty+synthetic+plugs+site:kneeguru.co.uk) some previous topics about the treatment. Check out also these Scholar (http://scholar.google.com/scholar?hl=en&q=mosaicplasty+synthetic+plugs) articles and links from Google (https://www.google.com/#q=mosaicplasty+synthetic+plugs).

Good luck with your knee :-)

BTW, this topic should be moved under Osteochondral autografts and allografts (eg OATS & mosaicplasty) (http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEtalk/index.php?board=32.0) section. [Ed: done. Thank you.]
Title: Re: Synthetic Scaffold Mosaicplasty??
Post by: Vickster on March 16, 2014, 11:11:28 AM
Your links only go to the google home page, at least via my iPad
Title: Re: Synthetic Scaffold Mosaicplasty??
Post by: JuhaH on March 17, 2014, 08:10:42 AM
Your links only go to the google home page, at least via my iPad

Vickster, I don't use Ipad. Can you try to click the links again on your computer?
Title: Re: Synthetic Scaffold Mosaicplasty??
Post by: Vickster on March 17, 2014, 08:43:00 AM
Yes, works on a computer
Title: Re: Synthetic Scaffold Mosaicplasty??
Post by: irishgal on March 18, 2014, 01:11:48 AM
Thanks so much for the replies!  I think the reason the surgeon wants to use synthetic plugs is that I am very small boned and don't have a lot to spare.  He said the Denovo is a very long, hard recovery.  I am very active but I was never a professional athlete and maybe he thinks I couldn't handle the recovery (and also I'm 53).  I'm also very concerned because my last surgeon took out a lot of meniscus.  Is there any point in doing this surgery if I don't have much cushion underneath the defect????
Title: Re: Synthetic Scaffold Mosaicplasty??
Post by: JuhaH on March 18, 2014, 04:39:21 PM
That is really good question.

The meniscus is a very important shock absorber of the knee made of a very strong substance called fibrocartilage. It protects the cartilage of the joint, keeping it from wearing out and causing early arthritis. A large percentage of our body weight is distributed through the meniscus as we walk, run, and jump. The meniscus adds to the stability of the knee joint by helping the shape of the femur or thigh bone conform to the tibia or leg bone. The meniscus also plays a role in the nourishment of the joint cartilage that covers the bones in the joint. Without the meniscus cushion, persistent knee pain and arthritis will usually develop.

So you should first replace the meniscus and then repair the damage in articular cartilage.
Title: Re: Synthetic Scaffold Mosaicplasty??
Post by: irishgal on March 18, 2014, 08:42:43 PM
Thanks for your reply!  Are you considering a meniscal transplant for yourself?  I'm having a hard time finding a dr. in Florida who does this.  I can't really afford to go fly around the country and get the 2nd opinions from the surgeons that I hear are good.  I did make the one trip to NY but I'm afraid he solely focuses on articular cartilage defects and isn't going to address the lack of meniscus
Title: Re: Synthetic Scaffold Mosaicplasty??
Post by: JuhaH on March 20, 2014, 12:28:28 PM
Hi,

Here's (https://www.google.com/#q=meniscus+transplant%2C+"florida"+site:kneeguru.co.uk) some topics about meniscus allograft in Florida.

Nope. I haven't planned any surgery for my knee, or any other treatment in the near future. I considered Actifit scaffold (http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEtalk/index.php?topic=52766.0;all) implantation some time ago, but I decided not to go for surgery.