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Osteochondral Autograft

Osteochondral autograft transplant system (OATS) is a grafting technique indicated in treatment of focal articular cartilage defects (area < 2 cm) where the grafts are used to replace the damaged cartilage tissue. It is the procedure for repairing articular cartilage defects and to restore normal functioning of the knee joint.

The damage to articular cartilage can be caused by trauma such as accidents, mechanical injury such as a fall, or from degenerative joint disease (osteoarthritis) occurring in older people.

This grafting technique is indicated in patients whose articular cartilage damage is less than 2 cm in diameter. This type of damage is seen in individuals aged less than 50 years. In this procedure, the plugs of hyaline cartilage is harvested from a healthy, non weight-bearing joint of the same individual (autograft) and transplanted to the damaged area in a mosaic pattern. The cells in the articular cartilage grow in the damaged area to promote healing. This procedure can be carried out arthroscopically or through open surgery.

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