It is well known that depression and anxiety have been shown to correlate with worsening pain in individuals with osteoarthritis. Similarly, in those undergoing ACL reconstruction, patients with depression have been shown to have increased postoperative pain, low levels of satisfaction, and unfavorable clinical outcomes. What was unknown – until now – is the impact of mental health on cartilage transplantation.
Specifically, the mental health of individuals undergoing osteochondral allograft (OCA) transplantation for osteochondral lesions of the knee, were studied by Gomoll and colleagues in a recently published article. Researchers found interesting results:
“Preoperative mental health status did NOT predict perceived functional outcomes as assessed by PRO (patient reported outcome) measures at final follow-up. Female sex was negatively correlated with KOOS Sport/Recreation, Tegner, and Lysholm scores.”