Fresh Osteochondral Allograft Transplantation for Focal Chondral Defect of the Humerus Associated With Anchor Arthropathy and Failed SLAP Repair

Kevin C. Wang, Brian R. Waterman, Eric J. Cotter, Rachel M. Frank, Brian J. Cole

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Abstract

Isolated, full-thickness articular cartilage lesions of the glenohumeral joint can cause pain, mechanical symptoms, and impaired function. Reports on operative management of these injuries with arthroscopic techniques, such as marrow stimulation, have shown improvement in patient symptoms. In cases where the subchondral bone is involved, osteochondral allograft (OCA) transplantation has shown positive results for contained, focal cartilage defects. The technique for OCA transplantation to treat Hill-Sachs lesions has been reported in detail, and there are multiple case series reporting on the outcomes of OCA used for this purpose. This Technical Note shows the application of OCA to treat a case of anchor arthropathy where a glenoid anchor placed during arthroscopic stabilization causes iatrogenic damage to the humeral head. This type of injury can result in cartilage lesions in uncommon locations, such as on the posterior humeral head. In this description, the technical pearls and pitfalls of managing difficult-to-access posterior humeral head lesions are presented along with the senior authors' general technique for OCA to treat focal lesions of the humeral head cartilage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e1443-e1449
JournalArthroscopy Techniques
Volume6
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2017
Externally publishedYes

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