"The Future of Cartilage Repair"

The team of St. Catherine Specialty Hospital Damir Hudetz, M.D., Ph.D., Željko Jeleč, M.D., Ph.D., Eduard Rod, M.D., Ph.D., Igor Borić, M.D., Ph.D., Mihovil Plečko M.D. under the leadership of Professor Dragan Primorac, M.D., Ph.D published chapter "The Future of Cartilage Repair" in Springer.

Springer just published our chapter "The Future of Cartilage Repair" where we discuss pharmacological, non-pharmacological as well as operative treatment of damaged cartilage. Currently, there are a number of new methods with cartilage repair aim, including autologous chondrocyte implantation (ACI), matrix-induced autologous chondrocyte implantation (MACI), intra-articular administration of autologous microfragmented fat tissue with Ad-MSCs, etc. In the chapter, we particularly discussed the results of our studies suggest that the application of autologuos microfragmented adipose tissue with stromal vascular fraction in patients with OA leads to the rise of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) levels in hyaline cartilage consequently leading to reduction of pain and improvement of movement abilities in observed patients.

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