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Revista Brasileira de Ortopedia
Print version ISSN 0102-3616
COHEN, Moises et al. Osteochondral autologous transplantation for treating chondral lesions in the patella. Rev. bras. ortop. [online]. 2012, vol.47, n.3, pp. 348-353. ISSN 0102-3616. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-36162012000300012.
OBJECTIVE: The primary aim of this study was to assess the clinical and functional evolution of patients with total-thickness symptomatic cartilaginous injury of the patellar joint surface, treated by means of osteochondral autologous transplantation. METHODS: This prospective study was conducted from June 2008 to March 2011 and involved 17 patients. The specific questionnaires of Lysholm, Kujala and Fulkerson were completed preoperatively and one year postoperatively in order to assess the affected knee, and SF-36 was used to assess these patients' general quality of life. The nonparametric paired Wilcoxon test was used for statistical analysis on the pre and postoperative questionnaires. The data were analyzed using the SPSS for Windows software, version 16.0, and a significance level of 5% was used. RESULTS: The Lysholm preoperative and postoperative average scores were 54.59 and 75.76 points (p < 0.05). The Fulkerson pre and postoperative average scores were 52.53 and 78.41 points (p < 0.05). CONCLUSIONS: We believe that autologous osteochondral transplantation is a good treatment method for total-thickness symptomatic chondral lesions of the joint surface of the patella.
Keywords : Cartilage Articular; Patella; Orthopedics.