Living with knee pain can be very difficult. Cartilage problems are the cause behind more than half of the people in the UK visiting the doctor with knee pain each year.

Articular cartilage is the material which covers the end of bones within the knee joint. When this cartilage becomes damaged, it can cause pain and loss of movement within the joint. If left untreated, the cartilage will deteriorate further and could require total knee replacement. Cartilage repair protects the joint from further damage and helps to treat the existing issue.

Why might you need cartilage repair?

Cartilage repair could be necessary for people who are experiencing problems or severe pain within the knee joint. This could be due to a range of factors, including sports-related injuries, frequent repetitive use of the joint, or other underlying health problems.

What are the benefits of cartilage repair?

An end to knee pain is the biggest benefit of cartilage repair. Some other benefits include:

  • The ability to treat a range of other knee problems
  • Preventing the onset of further health problems like osteoarthritis
  • Lessening knee pain

What does cartilage repair involve?

There are several different methods of cartilage repair. Your surgeon will evaluate your individual case and discuss the available options with you at your consultation. Most types of cartilage repair are performed arthroscopically. However, certain procedures require larger incisions and more complex surgery.

Depending on the type you choose, the length of the treatment will vary. As a general rule, surgery involving an arthroscopy will take around an hour, though other procedures may take longer.

Although cartilage repair is a relatively low-risk procedure, there is always the risk of complications. Specific complications that can arise from cartilage repair include:

  • Infection of the wound
  • Damage to nerves around the knee
  • Stiffness in the knee joint

Recovery Time

You should expect to be using crutches for up to six weeks following your procedure in order to keep weight off the affected knee. A full recovery is expected within several months.

Treatment Cost

If you decide to have treatment with The McIndoe Centre, we can arrange a consultation with a surgeon at a time that suits you. Your surgeon will then be able to assess your individual case and talk you through the best options for your cartilage repair procedure.

We’d be delighted if you wanted to arrange a consultation with us. Please call the Helpline on 0800 917 4922 for free and professional advice or submit a contact form here for more information.

Visit this link for a full guide on everything that you should take into consideration before committing to surgery.

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