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Osteochondral (OCD) Repair
Dr. James Chen, M.D. - In San Francisco, CA



This is a surgical procedure performed to repair an osteochondral defect in the knee. The OCD repair consists of repairing a broken piece of cartilage with or without bone to the defect through the use of bioabsorbable anchors. Alternatively a piece of osteochondral graft can be repaired to the defect.

Common Questions about Osteochondral (OCD) Repair

What is an Osteochondral (OCD) Repair?

An OCD repair is a repair of a fractured piece of cartilage and bone to its native origin. This can only be performed if the injury is acute, the piece of bone and cartilage are preserved, and the remnant is large enough for fixation.

How is an Osteochondral (OCD) Repair performed?

An OCD repair is performed by fixating the broken piece of bone and cartilage to its origin using biodegradable anchors or screws.

What is the recovery after an Osteochondral (OCD) Repair?

A patient must be non-weight bearing for 8 weeks after the surgery on crutches. This is followed by physical therapy.

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