The Cartilage Repair and Restoration Center at Cincinnati SportsMedicine and Orthopaedic Center is a national leader in offering a full range of treatment options for osteoarthritis in patients of all ages. Physicians at the Center have more than 40 years of combined experience in treating patients with osteoarthritis and cartilage injuries.

The Center has earned an international reputation for excellence in patient care and offers the latest in strategies for conservative and operative management, and our exceptional research efforts document outcomes to provide patients with realistic information regarding future expectations of the function of their knee. The Center provided the healthcare community with some of the first clinical publications on operations for osteoarthritis, including meniscus repair, meniscus transplantation, and tibial osteotomy to restore joint function and limit or slow the need for joint replacement.

Cincinnati SportsMedicine and Orthopaedic Center physicians have a long-standing affiliation as Adjunct Professors with the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati. This relationship allows the research and implementation of the most recent and effective treatment options for osteoarthritis. The Center actively investigates the use of tissue engineering concepts which will be used in the future to treat cartilage, ligament and tendon damage.

Four specific, prospective clinical studies are active. The first study will evaluate meniscus transplants using advanced MR imaging in addition to clinical parameters to measure outcome. The second prospective study will determine the long term results of the osteochondral autologous transfer procedure for the femur and patella. Over 100 patients are enrolled in this study with several now at least 10 years postoperative. Our research staff is working diligently to follow-up with these patients to monitor their continued success. The third prospective study is being conducted on autologous chondrocyte implantation patients. We have implanted cultured chondrocytes into a number of large femoral lesions in the femoral sulcus and femoral condyles. These patients are being followed on a yearly basis. A fourth prospective study includes patella osteochondral allografts for younger patients with advanced patellar cartilage damage. It is a preference to perform these procedures for patella full thickness cartilage lesions.