Restoring Cartilage: The Holy Grail of Orthopaedics

hyaline_cartilageTheoretically, articular cartilage restoration should be a solvable biological/mechanical problem. But repairing, restoring, or replacing hyaline cartilage and the matrix that supports it presents formidable physiological and physical challenges. For decades, researchers have been investigating many different methods of cartilage repair, and no approach has yet risen to “gold standard” status.

As the “Current Concepts Review” in the February 19, 2014, edition of JBJS points out, the main strategy for cartilage “self-repair” is bone marrow stimulation, primarily via microfracture. Restorative/replacement approaches focus on cartilaginous constructs composed of allogenic, autogenic, or tissue-engineered materials.


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A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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