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Instr Course Lect. 2010;59:387-404.

Surgical treatment of osteochondral lesions of the talus.

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  • 1Southern California Orthopedics Institute, Van Nuys, California, USA.


When conservative treatment is unsuccessful, there are many surgical options to treat patients with symptomatic chronic osteochondral lesions of the talus. The chosen treatment depends on the patient's symptoms, clinical examination findings, preoperative imaging results, and whether prior surgery was unsuccessful. It is important to be aware of treatment alternatives such as marrow stimulation, osteochondral autograft or allograft plugs, autologous chondrocyte implantation, and newer techniques currently being investigated outside the United States.

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