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Osteochondral Allograft or Autograft Transfer System (OATS)

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Evolution of Osteochondral Allograft or Autograft Transfer System (OATS)

Osteochondral grafting is a common method for treating injuries of the cartilage that expose the underlying bone (called osteochondral defects, or OCD lesions). During this procedure, osteochondral grafts replace both the joint surface, or articular cartilage as well as the underlying bone. These grafts can come from either the patient’s own body (called an autograft), or from a tissue donor (called an allograft). An instrument is used to removed a portion of the damaged area, and then a replacement piece made up of cartilage and bone from another site is inserted, which ultimately heals over time.

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