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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this cadaveric study was to evaluate the primary stability of a membrane (resorbable polyglactin-910/poly-p-dioxanone) for autologous chondrocyte implantation (ACI) inserted by press-fit into defects in the femoral head and acetabulum. The stability of the membrane was evaluated after implantation in a cartilage defect on both sides of the joint in 12 hips in six cadavers. The hip was manually put through a full range of motion for 50 cycles after each lesion had been created and filled, starting with the acetabulum. The implanted membranes showed stability in 83.3% of the acetabular defects and in 33.3% of the femoral defects after the 50 cycles. After an additional 50 cycles the acetabular membrane showed stability in a total of eight (67%) out of 12 acetabular lesions. The results indicate that this membrane tissue is potentially stable in cartilage defects of the acetabulum, which may have clinical applications in autologous chondrocyte implantation.
    Hip international: the journal of clinical and experimental research on hip pathology and therapy 06/2013; 3(23):337-42. · 0.34 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To compare the effectiveness of simple arthroscopic debridement versus arthroscopic autologous chondrocyte transplantation (ACT) for the treatment of hip chondral lesions. We carried out a controlled retrospective study of 30 patients affected by a post-traumatic hip chondropathy of the third or fourth degree, according to the Outerbridge classification, measuring 2 cm² in area or more. Of these patients, 15 underwent arthroscopic ACT, whereas the other 15 underwent arthroscopic debridement. The 2 groups were similar in age, sex, degree, and location of the pathology. All the patients were assessed before and after the procedure with the Harris Hip Score (HHS). In both groups the mean follow-up was approximately 74 months (range, 72 to 76 months). The mean size of the defect was 2.6 cm². The patients who underwent ACT (group A) improved after the procedure compared with the group that underwent debridement alone (group B). The mean HHS preoperatively was 48.3 (95% confidence interval [CI], 45.4 to 51.2) in group A and 46 (95% CI, 42.7 to 49.3) in group B (P = .428 [no significant difference]). The final HHS was 87.4 (95% CI, 84.3 to 90.5) in group A and 56.3 (95% CI, 54.4 to 58.7) in group B (P < .001 [significant difference]). This study indicates that an ACT procedure can be used in the hip for acetabular chondral defects. Level III, retrospective comparative study.
    Arthroscopy The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery 12/2011; 28(3):322-9. · 3.10 Impact Factor