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World J Orthop. Sep 18, 2014; 5(4): 444-449
Published online Sep 18, 2014. doi: 10.5312/wjo.v5.i4.444
Enhanced microfracture techniques in cartilage knee surgery: Fact or fiction?
Stefan Bark, Tomasz Piontek, Peter Behrens, Sabreen Mkalaluh, Deike Varoga, Justus Gille
Stefan Bark, Sabreen Mkalaluh, Justus Gille, Department of Trauma and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Luebeck, 23562 Luebeck, Germany
Tomasz Piontek, Rehasport Clinic, 60-201 Poznań, Poland
Peter Behrens, Chirurgie, Unfallchirurgie, Notfälle und Orthopädie (CUNO) Hamburg, 22045 Hamburg, Germany
Deike Varoga, Department of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery, University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Kiel, 24105 Kiel, Germany
Author contributions: All authors created clinical studies which are presented in this paper; Bark S wrote the paper and Gille J corrected it.
Correspondence to: Bark Stefan, MD, Department of Trauma and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Schleswig-Holstein, Ratzeburger Allee 160, 23538 Campus Luebeck, Germany.
Telephone: +49-451-5002642
Received: January 3, 2014
Revised: May 28, 2014
Accepted: June 10, 2014
Published online: September 18, 2014
Core Tip

Core tip: Articular cartilage has a limited healing potential which presents a well-known circumstance in orthopedic surgery. This fact has led to a variety of surgical techniques for treating articular defects and currently the microfracturing presents the most commonly used procedure. The aim of this article is to give an overview about actual studies regarding microfracture and the AMIC® technique in cartilage knee surgery and to show recent developments.