There are various published surgical techniques for treatment of symptomatic osteochondral lesions. Generally these are based on one of the following three principles:
The choice of the treatment for osteochondral lesions depends on the symptoms, the duration of complaints, the size of the defect and whether it concerns a primary or secondary osteochondral defect.
In this Picture of the Week we present a patient with deep ankle pain due to an osteochondral defect of the talus, smaller than 15 mm as measured on a pre-operative CT-scan. Therefore this patient is treated by means of artrhoscopic debridement and microfracturing.
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