Advanced Learning Pathway: Osteochondral Defects – Treatment Options

Learning Objectives of this Pathway:

  • Describe the role of OCD morphology for decision making and surgical approach
  • Describe various treatment options for OCDs
  • Understand the role and limitations of ankle arthroscopy in management of OCDs
  • Describe the arthroscopic OCD classification and clinical relevance in surgical decision making
  • Describe the difference of non-tissue vs. tissue transplantation procedures
  • Describe advantages and disadvantages utilizing arthroscopy vs. open arthrotomy

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Day 1: Morphology and Decision Making

Clinical Sessions

Podcasts:

Osteochondral Lesions of the Talar Dome 

E-Book Chapters:
Trauma eBook

Ch 9: Osteochondral Fractures and Injuries of the Talus

Outside Journal Articles:

Day 2​​​: Role of Arthroscopy & Microfracture

Clinical Sessions

Surgical Techniques

Arthroscopic Microfracture of OLTs

Podcasts:
None

E-Book Chapters:
Arthroscopy eBook

Ch 6: Arthroscopic Treatments of Ankle Osteochondral Lesions

JFAS Articles:

   

Day 3​​​: OATs & Allografts

Clinical Sessions:

Surgical Techniques:
Treatment of Osteochondral Defects

Podcasts:

None

E-Book Chapters:

None

Journal Articles:

Outside Journal Articles:

The Role of Demineralized Allograft Subchondral Bone in the Treatment of Talar Cystic OCD Lesions That Have Failed Microfracture

Day 4​​​: Emerging Techniques

Clinical Sessions:

Podcasts:

None

E-Book Chapters:

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JFAS Articles:

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The ACFAS learning pathways are a tool to be used by residency directors, fellowship directors and school faculty to aid with didactic learning during the COVID-19 crisis. They are not intended to replace a curriculum, but to supplement student and resident education during this time of need. The learning pathways are divided into basic, intermediate, and advanced categories. Pathways have been organized into specific topics that have a variety of educational materials from the ACFAS On Demand course content. They also include journal articles with links primarily from The Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery (JFAS).

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