Special Issue "Cartilage Repair and Restorative Procedures"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 September 2019
Articular chondral lesions are a common cause of disability, often associated with pain, a reduction of joint mobility, and a loss of function, and may predispose patients to osteoarthritis, which entails a huge social impact. It is well known that articular cartilage has a very limited capacity for self-repair, because of the intrinsic biological features of this tissue; this makes cartilage lesions still a major challenge for orthopaedic surgeons and researchers. Although the last decades have brought several improvements in this field, such as the understanding of the subchondral involvement in many of these lesions, the extension of treatment indications not only to focal traumatic cases, and the documentation of the outcome of both traditional treatments and more ambitious regenerative strategies, the clinical results are still only partially satisfactory. In this light, there is a need to develop more effective treatment options, to be translated and tested in the clinical practice, as well to understand the best indications for such treatments in the light of their results over time. We, therefore, welcome the submission of studies focusing on “Cartilage Repair and Restorative Procedures”, from preclinical and early experiences of new treatments, to the definition of potential limitations, up to a long-term follow-up of both traditional and new approaches, as well as studies aimed at identifying the responders and factors that might help to improve the management of patients affected by cartilage lesions.
Dr. Giuseppe Filardo
Dr. Laura de Girolamo
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- Regenerative medicine
- Injective treatments