In a recent video, I discussed the challenges for a patient with cartilage injury. If you have an area of damaged cartilage in your knee, you might have pain, swelling, catching or popping. You might even consider surgery to try to get back to playing sports or exercising.

One of the options for surgical treatment for an area of damaged cartilage within the knee is an osteochondral transfer. This surgery involves taking a cylinder of bone and cartilage from a non-weight-bearing part of your knee or from a donor knee and putting it into the defect to replace the damaged area.

In this video, I more fully explain an osteochondral transfer surgery for a cartilage injury. Who could benefit from this surgery? What does the surgery and recovery entail?

Also read:
Common questions about arthritis and articular cartilage injuries
Arthroscopic knee surgery: What you need to know

Inserting a cylinder of bone and cartilage taken from another part of the knee for a cartilage injury

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