Dimitrios D. Nikolopoulos

Central Clinic of Athens

Dr. Dimitrios D. Nikolopoulos (MD, PhD) is a sports medicine-specialized orthopedic surgeon and arthroscopist. He focuses on sports injuries and mainly in shoulder, hip, knee, foot, and ankle pathology. He has performed arthroscopic restoration of hip, knee, and ankle cartilage, as well as treatment and surgical correction of foot disorders. He has published 42 original scientific articles in prestigious scientific journals in the United States, Europe, and Greece referring to knee (valgus knee) and shoulder (arthroscopic and minimally invasive new techniques) surgery, osteoporotic spine and hip fractures, and research into the in vitro environment of bone and cartilage metabolism. He has more than 180 citations in research projects on valgus knee and cartilage ankle restoration. He has also presented over 180 oral and poster presentations internationally.

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Osteochondral defects can be challenging to treat, first, because the damaged articular cartilage has a poor intrinsic reparative capability, and second, because these defects cause chronic pain and serious disability. That is why cartilage repair remains one of the most challenging issues of musculoskeletal medicine. Arthroscopic and open techniques that have been developed over the last two decades intend to promote the success of complete repair of the articular cartilage defects; nevertheless, these therapies cannot always offer 100% success. Nowadays, cartilage tissue engineering is an emerging technique for the regeneration of cartilage tissue. Taking into consideration these perspectives, this book aims to present a summary of cartilage tissue engineering, including development, recent progress, and major steps taken toward the regeneration of functional cartilage tissue. Special emphasis is placed on the role of stimulating factors, including growth factors, gene therapies, as well as scaffolds, including natural, synthetic, and nanostructured.

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