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J Foot Ankle Surg. 2012 Mar-Apr;51(2):218-21. doi: 10.1053/j.jfas.2011.10.027. Epub 2011 Dec 3.

Arthroscopic De Novo NT(®) juvenile allograft cartilage implantation in the talus: a case presentation.

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Highlands-Presbyterian/St. Luke's Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency Program, Denver, CO, USA.


Osteochondral defects of the talus are a challenging subject facing foot and ankle surgeons. The available treatment options have relatively good subjective outcomes; however, they are limited by the ability to reproduce hyaline cartilage, the need for multiple surgeries, and high morbidity. We present a new technique using DeNovo NT(®) juvenile allograft cartilage implantation introduced into a talar lesion arthroscopically in a single procedure to repair a posteriomedial talar osteochondral defects in a healthy, active 30-year-old female. The patient tolerated the procedure well. At the 6-month follow-up visit, the patient had returned to full activity, and at 24 months, she remained completely pain free.

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