Weighing the risks and gains of allografts vs. autografts, surgeons reported allograft knee procedures prove more successful by diminishing pain, cutting costs and improving function and quality of life.
"The modern technique of OCA transplantation for treating isolated femoral condyle lesions offers patient better results over other cartilage repair procedures," commented Tírico. "These results appear to be equal or superior to any other cartilage repair procedure for the treatment of femoral condyle lesions and leads us to consider whether fresh OCA should be viewed as the current gold standard in cartilage repair for focal femoral condyle lesions.
The bottom line is that soaking a Hamstring graft during surgery in a Vancomycin saline solution (500mg Vancomycin in 100cc NS) has been shown to completely eradicate HS ACLR infection.
"...I don’t think the size of the implants (typically 22-30mm) necessitated that. I could always find some place on the medial or lateral condyle that matched up with the affected area in the knee.”
The global market for soft tissue allografts has a prosperous future, and is projected to experience incrementing demand at a CAGR of 6.3% during the forecast period of 2017 to 2025.
Patients who underwent distal tibia allograft reconstruction had similar clinical outcomes, complication and recurrence rates compared with patients who underwent the Latarjet procedure, according to a paper that won the Fellows Clinical Science Research Award at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Annual Meeting.