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Institute for Cartilage Repair at Hospital for Special Surgery

The HSS Institute for Cartilage Repair focuses on the treatment of symptomatic cartilage lesions. Articular cartilage, the cartilage that lines joints such as the knee, hip, ankle and shoulder, does not have the capability to repair itself. As such, injuries to cartilage surfaces often result in pain, poor joint function, and arthritis. The Institute for Cartilage Repair was developed by a skilled group of clinicians in response to growing clinical need for more durable cartilage and meniscal repair procedures. Its multidisciplinary team of surgeons, radiologists, clinicians, physical therapists, and researchers have focused on the problems of detecting and treating cartilage injury for many years and offer the latest in surgical treatment, diagnostic imaging, and clinical outcomes research. The Institute offers patients a comprehensive resource in specialty cartilage repair.

Meet the Team


The surgeons and clinicians in the Institute for Cartilage Repair are highly skilled in diagnostic imaging, treatment and clinical outcomes research. Our familiarity with the full complement of cartilage repair options allows for individualized treatment for each patient.

Surgical procedures performed include:

  • Microfracture
  • Meniscal Transplantation
  • Osteochondral Autograft Transplantation (Mosaicplasty / OATS)
  • Osteochondral Allograft Transplantation
  • Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation (ACI)
  • Synthetic Osteochondral Reconstruction
  • Realignment Procedures (Osteotomy)


Cartilage Repair Strategies
Edited by Riley J. Williams III, MD
Published by Humana Press/Springer

The focus of this book is to create a comprehensive analysis of cartilage injury and repair strategies. Readers will be able to understand the clinical problem, appropriate diagnosis, and repair strategies relevant to first line and secondary cartilage repair procedures. The book is aimed at orthopedic surgeons, musculoskeletal practitioners, primary care physicians, and physical therapists.


Cartilage related publications (PubMed)

Contact Us

Mailing Address
Institute for Cartilage Repair
Hospital for Special Surgery
535 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021
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Tel:  212.606.1855
Fax:  212.774.2895