Injured Portland Trail Blazers center Festus Ezeli is currently writing a letter to the donor family expressing his gratitude and hopes that in the future he will be able to meet the donor family and to honor them by returning to the NBA.
Arthroscopic stabilization of the shoulder w/ distal tibial allograft augmentation shows promise at mean f/up 17.4 mos post-op.
Portland Trail Blazers center Festus Ezeli is expected to undergo a surgical procedure on his left knee next week. The procedure will involve the use of a cadaver donor, league sources said. Ezeli has sought a donor for months, sources said, but because of his 6-foot-11 stature, finding a matching donor was problematic. The surgery was scheduled when a donor was recently submitted, sources said.
April was a good candidate for a new procedure, a graft of bone and cartilage together called a BioUni. Dr. Wright used a small piece of donor bone.
The procedure itself was a mini-arthrotomy, during which the area of the defect was debrided to expose the subchondral bone. After being trimmed to fit the defect, the graft was placed with the cell layer facing the subchondral bone and secured by sutures and fibrin glue. Patients were required to immobilize the joint in extension for the subsequent 2 weeks.
For athletes and highly active patients who sustain cartilage injuries to their knee, an osteochondral allograft transplantation can be a successful treatment option, according to new research. The study showed these patients were consistently able to return to sport or recreational activities after the surgery, though frequently at a lower activity level.