Autologous Minced Cartilage Implantation for Treatment of Chondral and Osteochondral Lesions in the Knee Joint: An Overview

Cartilage. 2021 Dec;13(1_suppl):1124S-1136S. doi: 10.1177/1947603520942952. Epub 2020 Jul 25.


Cartilage defects in the knee are being diagnosed with increased frequency and are treated with a variety of techniques. The aim of any cartilage repair procedure is to generate the highest tissue quality, which might correlate with improved clinical outcomes, return-to-sport, and long-term durability. Minced cartilage implantation (MCI) is a relatively simple and cost-effective technique to transplant autologous cartilage fragments in a single-step procedure. Minced cartilage has a strong biologic potential since autologous, activated non-dedifferentiated chondrocytes are utilized. It can be used both for small and large cartilage lesions, as well as for osteochondral lesions. As it is purely an autologous and homologous approach, it lacks a significant regulatory oversight process and can be clinically adopted without such limitations. The aim of this narrative review is to provide an overview of the current evidence supporting autologous minced cartilage implantation.

Keywords: articular cartilage; cartilage defect; cartilage regeneration; cartilage repair; minced cartilage implantation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cartilage Diseases* / pathology
  • Cartilage Diseases* / surgery
  • Cartilage, Articular* / surgery
  • Chondrocytes
  • Humans
  • Knee Joint / pathology
  • Knee Joint / surgery
  • Transplantation, Autologous