Instruments, Methods and Systems for Harvesting and Implanting Cartilage Materials
The present disclosure provides instruments and systems for accessing and removing hyaline cartilage from desired donor sites. The present disclosure also provides instruments/systems for implantation of hyaline cartilage grafts, e.g., to fill osteochondral defects. The apparatus/systems may be used in connection with mapping techniques and systems. Thus, in exemplary embodiments of the present disclosure, a clinician may be guided in his use of the disclosed apparatus/systems by articular joint surface mapping data in locating/identifying harvest sites for "best fit" grafts, i.e., grafts that exhibit desired geometric and/or surface attributes for use in particular implantation site(s). Alternatively, the disclosed instruments/systems may be employed to access anatomical sites independent of such mapping techniques/systems.
REACH JR JOHN S [US]; LITKE RONALD [US]; SANTANGELO STEPHEN [US]; MAGUIRE STEPHEN [US]
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