Patent Number: 6,251,143

Title: Cartilage repair unit

Abstract: A bio-absorbable cartilage repair system is provided for regenerating damaged or destroyed articular cartilage on a joint surface of a bone by establishing a chondrogenic growth-supporting matrix between an area of damaged or destroyed articular cartilage that has been removed and an adjacent healthy area of articular cartilage and subchondral cancellous bone. The system is an assembly of a delivery unit and a porous insert. The delivery unit is formed of bio-absorbable material and configured and dimensioned to be mounted in both an area of damaged or destroyed articular cartilage that has been removed and an adjacent healthy area of articular cartilage and cancellous bone. The delivery unit has a central body and a plurality of radially extending, flexible support arms projecting outwardly from the central body and configured and dimensioned to support the insert at least partially thereover. The insert is supported by the delivery unit, formed of bio-absorbable material, and establishes communication between the removed area and the adjacent healthy area for a chondrogenic growth-supporting matrix.

Inventors: Schwartz; Robert E. (Old Westbury, NY), Grande; Daniel A. (Seacliff, NY)

Assignee: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc.

International Classification: A61B 17/58 (20060101); A61F 2/30 (20060101); A61B 17/064 (20060101); A61F 2/02 (20060101); A61F 2/28 (20060101); A61F 2/00 (20060101); A61F 2/38 (20060101); A61B 17/00 (20060101); A61F 002/02 (); A61B 017/56 ()

Expiration Date: 06/26/2018