Joint Preservation Surgery

Cartilage regeneration

This is a difficult area in knee surgery. Sometimes, an area of cartilage is lost from the joint surface. This can be very painful and debilitating. In these situations, most of the joint is usually normal and it is a small area of cartilage loss that is causing the problem. Therefore, only the small area needs to be addressed rather than the whole joint.

This can done with Microfracture.

Microfracture is a well recognised technique which is very successful in small lesions , <2cm x 2 cm and encourages a type of cartilage to regrow in the area where cartilage has been lost If the lesion is too large, then it is replaced with a cartilage regenerating artificial tissue:

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