Articular cartilage is the material which covers the end of the 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 a total knee replacement. Cartilage repair protects the joint from further damage and helps to treat the existing issue.
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.
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, commonly known as key-hole surgery. 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.
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.
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