Meniscus and cartilage injuries of the knee joint lead to cartilage degeneration and osteoarthritis (OA). The research on biomaterials and artificial implants as substitutes in reconstruction and regeneration has become a main international focus in order to solve clinical problems such as irreparable meniscus injury, postmeniscectomy syndrome, osteochondral lesions and generalised chronic OA. In this review, we provide a summary of biomaterials currently used in clinical practice as well as state-of-the-art tissue engineering strategies and technologies that are developed for articular cartilage and meniscus repair and regeneration. The literature was reviewed over the last 5 years on clinically used meniscus and cartilage repair biomaterials, such as Collagen Meniscal Implant, Actifit, NUsurface, TruFit, Agili-C and MaioRegen. There are clinical advantages for these biomaterials and the application of these treatment options should be considered individually. Standardised evaluation protocols are needed for biological and mechanical assessment and comparison between different scaffolds, and long-term randomised independent clinical trials with large study numbers are needed to provide more insight into the use of these biomaterials. Surgeons should become familiar and stay up to date with evolving repair options to improve their armamentarium for meniscal and cartilage defects.
- reconstructive surgical procedures
- sports medicine
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine