Aug 19, 2015
Multiple techniques have been suggested for the treatment of
isolated knee articular cartilage injuries. For smaller lesions
(<2-5 cm2), microfracture and osteochondral autograft
transplantation (OAT) are commonly used options. With an increasing
focus on health care efficiency, analyzing the cost-effectiveness
of treatment modalities has become increasingly important.
Published level 1 and 2 clinical studies with a 10-year follow-up
demonstrated that the net cost and cost-effectiveness of
microfracture and OAT are comparable for the treatment of isolated
articular cartilage lesions of the distal femur.