Orthopedics Today, October 2017
Patients with isolated patella defects who underwent autologous chondrocyte implantation experienced significant functional improvement that remained durable at the 15-year follow-up, according to study findings.
“[Autologous chondrocyte implantation] ACI works well on the patella for a problem that there is no other good solution for in a young patient,” Tom Minas, MD, director of the Cartilage Repair Center at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and professor of orthopedics at Harvard Medical School, told Orthopedics Today. “You can monitor the clinical results with MRI scan and if you get a good repair tissue fill, [the patient does] well. If you get a poor repair tissue fill, then the chances are they are not going to do well,” he said.