Osteochondral lesions of the talus often occur following ankle sprains and fractures. Operative intervention is typically required because of the diminished intrinsic repair capability of talar articular cartilage. Several techniques have evolved that emphasize replacing the defect with cartilage that closely mimics the biological properties of hyaline articular cartilage. The goals of operative treatment are resolution of symptoms, physiologic healing, and restoration of function while eliminating the need for further intervention. This article describes a novel, single-step technique for the treatment of osteochondral lesions of the talus with the use of particulated autograft cartilage implantation. Levels of Evidence: Level V.
- osteochondral lesion
- particulated cartilage
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine