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Offline izzibop

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fresh vs. frozen allograft
« on: April 21, 2006, 01:45:38 AM »
Does anyone have any recent information on success rates with frozen allografts for articular cartilage?  I'm having a scope next week so my OS can assess the next step for treating grade IV arthritis in my lateral and patello-femoral compartments, and he's thinking he's going to want to go with allograft(s).  I've talked to him briefly about fresh vs. frozen grafts because I really can't afford to wait for months to get a graft but have read that the success rate with frozen grafts is lower.  My OS said that a relatively new procedure for freezing makes the frozen grafts even better than fresh, in his view.  I'll talk to him further about this after the scope, but I'd like to do a little reading before then so I can ask intelligent questions.  Thanks.   
36 years old
ACL tear, medial and lateral meniscus tears, R knee - 1989
ACL reconstruction - 1989
debridements - 1991, 1992, 1999, 4/26/06