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29.04.2019 | Outcomes Research in Orthopedics (O Ayeni, Section Editor) | Ausgabe 2/2019

Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine 2/2019

Outcomes Associated with Return to Sports Following Osteochondral Allograft Transplant in the Knee: a Scoping Review

Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine > Ausgabe 2/2019
John A. Grant
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This article is part of the Topical Collection on Outcomes Research in Orthopedics

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Purpose of Review

The purposes of this review were to report the currently validated outcomes for OCA transplant patients, discuss the benefits and challenges associated with “return to sports” as an outcome measure, and summarize the currently available data on patients’ ability to return to sports after OCA transplant.

Recent Findings

College athletes may take less time than professionals to return to basketball, but there are many factors that can influence this timeframe. Player productivity is decreased ~ 40% and future career length is only 1 to 2 years following return to play. When evaluating all OCA transplant patients, 75–88% of patients return to sport and 38–80% return to their previous level of play at approximately 8–10 months following surgery. Overall graft failure rates are low (0–9.4%) but are based on limited short- to medium-term data.


Data on the return to professional and college sports after OCA transplant is limited. Surgeons should consider collecting patient outcomes across multiple domains and contributing data to aggregate databases to allow for better quality outcome data to be reported.

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