In the case where it is clear that the joint damage is limited, biological repair is our first option. The requirements for this are well-defined. If this is not a good option for you, a made-to-measure mini implant is the right option.
After a cartilage replacement operation which failed to lead to the desired result, a mini implant could be the answer.
In the case of a mini prosthesis, a small piece of the joint surface will be covered with a made-to-measure metal implant. Similar to how a pot hole, on an otherwise good street, is repaired.
The advantages of a mini prosthesis in comparison to a biological solution are the immediate weight bearing possibilities of the operated joint. It is not a problem, should a total prosthesis be necessary in later years.
Thanks to the mini-implant from the company Episurf, a gap has been closed in our treatment possibilities. Prof. Arnold has experience with this product since 2016.