Cartilage is a flexible connective tissue that provides structure and cushioning to joints like your knee, ankle and shoulder.
Injury or arthritis can damage cartilage, causing pain that keeps you from the activities you love.
Depending on the nature and extent of cartilage damage, doctors may use procedures that include:
People come to us for cartilage injury repair because we offer:
Your doctor may ask you to avoid eating before your cartilage repair surgery. You may also need to stop taking medications like blood thinners that could increase your bleeding risk.
Before starting your surgery, your orthopedist will give you medicine to make you go to sleep.
Our orthopedists use minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery to perform cartilage restoration procedures. During arthroscopic surgery, orthopedists insert thin, flexible surgical instruments through tiny incisions. This process minimizes your scarring and recovery time compared to traditional, open surgery.
Learn more about minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery.
It may take several weeks for you to recover from surgery, depending on the particular procedure you undergo. With arthroscopic cartilage repair, you could be home in as little as a day.
When you return home, you’ll take prescribed medication to reduce swelling and pain. Your doctor will provide specific directions and activity restrictions that will help protect your joints as you heal.
After a cartilage restoration procedure, you may also need physical therapy to regain strength and range of motion in your joint.
Learn more about orthopedic physical therapy.