Orthopaedic Clinic

Articular Cartilage Restoration

University of Minnesota Physicians orthopaedic surgeons offer leading restoration of damaged and diseased articular cartilage — the tissue covering bones’ ends inside the joint, allowing them to move with little friction. Our experts use novel and improved ways to image diseased cartilage as well as innovative techniques to repair them, giving patients relief from pain and better joint function. In fact, we are most experienced (regionally) with osteoarticular allografts, autologous chondrocyte implantation and meniscal transplantation. This expertise makes us a destination for patients around Minnesota and the Midwest.


  • Ranked among the top 50 hospitals in the nation in orthopaedics by U.S. News & World Report
  • Most osteoarticular transplants and meniscal transplants in the region (125 in 2008-2009)
  • State-of-the-art imaging capacity using the latest in 3T MRI scanners enables us to detect subtle abnormalities and follow therapy response. Advanced clinical imaging sequences allow for biochemical mapping of cartilage integrity


  • Center for Magnetic Resonance Research is one of the world’s largest MRI imaging research resources and provides ideal training for the next generation of noninvasive cartilage imaging assessment and experts in radiology interpretation.
  • Leading research and development of novel and improved imaging methods for diseased cartilage
  • Current clinical trial that utilizes new autologous chondocyte technology
  • On-going outcomes studies in cartilage osteochondial allografts, meniscual transplantation and autologous chondrocyte implantation


Central Scheduling: 612.672.7422

Provider Referrals: 612.672.7000

Administrative Offices: 612.884.0600

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