STUDY AND REVIEWS: CASE REVIEWTreatment of Osteochondral Lesions of the Talus With Autologous Chondrocyte ImplantationBazaz, Rajesh MD; Ferkel, Richard D MDAuthor Information Southern California Orthopedic Institute Van Nuys, California Address correspondence and reprint requests to Richard D. Ferkel, MD, Southern California Orthopedic Institute, 6815 Noble Avenue, Van Nuys, CA 91405. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Techniques in Foot & Ankle Surgery: March 2004 - Volume 3 - Issue 1 - p 45-52 Buy Abstract Osteochondral lesions of the talus are a known cause of chronic ankle pain. Cartilage lacks an intrinsic healing mechanism; therefore, patients with this pathology often present to surgery. Multiple treatment methods have been advocated, including debridement, drilling, microfracture, osteochondral allografts/autografts, and autologous chondrocyte implantation. Autologous chondrocyte implantation is a technique that has been applied in the treatment of knee articular defects. We have used this technique to treat osteochondral lesions of the talus that have failed previous surgical treatment or have a large subchondral bone deficit. © 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.