Cartilage Repair

Though lost cartilage cannot yet be replaced, advances in recent decades have led to more effective techniques for repairing damaged cartilage.  These include:

Arthroscopic Lavage and Debridement

A treatment for less serious cartilage damage, arthroscopic lavage removes small areas of damaged cartilage in order to reduce pain and restore range of motion.

Microfracture Surgery

In microfracture surgery, small holes are drilled through damaged cartilage and into the underlying bone, creating blood clots. As the blood clots heal, new fibrocartilage forms.

Autograft Plugs and Autologous Osteochondral Grafts

In this procedure, plugs of healthy bone and cartilage are removed from low-stress areas of the joint and used to replaced damaged cartilage in high stress areas.

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