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March 2015 - Orthopaedics

Enrollment ongoing in Cartilage in the Ankle Restoration Database

Fernando Peña, MD, Chief of Foot and Ankle Service in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at University of Minnesota, is currently enrolling patients in the Cartilage in the Ankle Restoration Database (CARD). Eligible patients are those who have received a fresh osteochondral allograft to the talus (a “half ankle” transplant). Currently 18 patients are enrolled with a mean follow-up of 2 years. Preliminary results from the Short Form (36) Health Survey and the Short Form Musculoskeletal Functional Assessment are encouraging, and all patients have been able to return to nonimpact activities. To enroll or for information, contact Deb Luckow, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Minnesota, R200 2512 7th Street S., Minneapolis, MN 55454; phone: 612-273-8095.

Postoperative management strategies for patellofemoral arthroplasty proposed

A recent publication seeks to establish evidence-based postoperative strategies for athletes who have undergone patellofemoral arthroplasty and wish to return to sports participation. Elizabeth Arendt, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in disorders of the knee, has co-authored a comprehensive review of the research literature with colleagues at the Mayo Clinic, OrthoIndy, and the Cartilage Restoration Center of Indiana. In “Patellofemoral arthroplasty in the athlete,” the authors describe various categories of patients who undergo patellofemoral arthroplasty and propose evidence-based, postoperative management strategies for each. The paper appears in Clinics in Sports Medicine.

MRI technique improves hip cartilage assessment

The use of quantitative magnetic resonance arthrography with a T2*-mapping protocol may improve cartilage assessment of the acetabulum, indicates a recent study. Coauthored by Patrick Morgan, MD, a University of Minnesota Health orthopaedic surgeon specializing in disorders of the hip, the study appears in the December 2014 issue of Orthopaedics & Traumatology: Surgery & Research under the title “MR Imaging with T2*- mapping for improved acetabular cartilage assessment in FAI-a case report with arthroscopic correlation.” The authors report that the technology is currently being used with study populations and that initial findings appear very promising.

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