What is Arthroscopic Chondroplasty?
Within the knee joint, sections of cartilage act as shock-absorbers while cushioning bones to prevent grinding and catching. Over time, however, cartilage in the knee joint can decay as the result of arthritis, traumatic injury, illness, age and natural degeneration. When such damage occurs, severe pain, immobility and swelling may quickly result.
Arthroscopic chondroplasties are minimally invasive surgeries performed to repair contained regions of affected cartilage in the knee joint. During an arthroscopic chondroplasty, an orthopedic surgeon uses small incisions and a tiny camera to remove damaged tissue. After the tissue is removed, it will be replaced by the growth of healthy cartilage.
For patients suffering from mild to moderate cartilage damage, arthroscopic chondroplasty may be an effective treatment option. Because of its minimally invasive nature, arthroscopic chondroplasties usually result in lowered risks of scarring and trauma to surrounding tissues. Additionally, patients experience minimized blood loss and usually shortened recovery times, when compared to traditional open surgery. In fact, arthroscopic chondroplasties are generally performed as outpatient procedures. This allows most patients to return home the day of surgery and begin walking without supports within a month. Physical therapy should be expected as a part of the rehabilitation process.
Our Treatment Approach
Each of the experienced orthopedic specialists at OrthoCARE Institute are fully committed to providing personalized, effective treatment that improves your quality of life. During your initial consultation, one of our orthopedic experts will carefully and compassionately evaluate your condition, medical history and severity of your symptoms. This allows us to create a treatment plan customized to meet your unique needs and goals.
Generally, we prefer to recommend non-invasive conservative treatments before considering surgical intervention. For some patients, however, arthroscopic chondroplasty may quickly become the most feasible solution to joint-related pain. If you become a candidate for arthroscopic chondroplasty, your surgeon will discuss the procedure with you in detail. From diagnosis to recovery, we are here to help you restore your well-being.
For more information about arthroscopic chondroplasty or OrthoCARE Institute, please contact us by calling 972-573-7802 or filling out the form on our Contact Us page. We look forward to speaking with you!