Knee cartilage microfracture

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159619 tn?1538184537 After putting it off for many years, I had my arthritic left knee scoped to repair a pair of meniscus tears. The repairs went fine, both tears were cleaned up but my surgeon faslo found a large fracture of my articular cartilage and had to perform a micro fracture procedure. This has taken a fairly short recovery period for a meniscus repair to 6 - 8 weeks of non-weight bearing and limited use of my left leg.
Avatar f tn However, before straining your knee, please consult your doctor or take a second opinion regarding cartilage damage. Take care! The medical advice given should not be considered a substitute for medical care provided by a doctor who can examine you. The advice may not be completely correct for you as the doctor cannot examine you and does not know your complete medical history.
Avatar f tn re: full thickness articular cartilage damage .9cm right knee weight bearing area 30 year old very active athletic female want a LONG TERM solution! should i microfracture, aci, oats . . .
159619 tn?1538184537 Microfracture is used for areas of articular cartilage loss in the knee by creating small fractures in the exposed bone. This, in turn, brings blood containing mesenchymal cells and leads to the growth of new cartilage. The new cartilage is fibrocartilage, rather than the hyaline cartilage found original cartilage, and therefore is not as durable as the original equipment. This procedure has about an 80% success rate at three years, but results have been shown to deteriorate with time.
Avatar m tn On the 6th of June I began to experience pain in the area of the microfracture and swelling behind the knee. Does this indicate a failure. Thanks.
Avatar n tn When I was 16 I had a major football injury and I injured my articular cartilage. I received a microfracture and have been fine until about 2 months ago. I live a very active life, skiing, mt. biking, running, etc. I had a MRI last week and the results show that I have an 8mm X 7mm grade IV lesion on the later compartment of my knee. My question: Do I need to go through with another microfracture? Or can I adjust my life style. I can still bike and walk relatively pain free.
Avatar m tn I had a microfracture surgery in early 2009 to repair a torn meniscus in my left knee and that was the worst decision of my life. I have more pain now than I did before the surgery and it seems like the microfracture was a complete failure. The surgery was supposed to regenerate tissue or ligaments by causing bleeding under the kneecap but it failed to do so.
Avatar n tn It was a full thickness articular cartilage defect measuring 1.5 x 1.5cms. I think that is a Grade IV and a microfracture was performed. What do you mean by active sports? I got injured playing football. Why does it take that long?
Avatar f tn There is also bone marrow edema/hypervascularity seen involving the lateral aspect of the patella consistent with bone contusion/trabecular microfracture. A small crevice within the articular cartilage of the patella occurs as well. This occurs at the lateral facet. The appearance is consistent with an osteochondral injury. The patella retinaculum appears intact bilaterally. The amount of synovial fluid within the knee joint is mildly increased.
Avatar f tn Through months of physical therapy and not getting any better and MRI showed just that my knee cap was off to one side, that didn't explain the pain in the medial part of my knee. So my Orthopedic did a scope and found that I had a chunk of cartilage missing and did a microfacture. Also did a lateral release to put my knee cap back in place. My question is can the cartilage and the knee cap be from that one injury? I never had problems with my knee prior!
Avatar m tn I just went back the other day for my follow up because my knee pain has gotten worse and he thinks i have damaged cartilage in my knee and if i do he said i need surgery. So if i do have to have surgery how long is the recovery and will i have to wear knee braces if i play these sports from now on?
Avatar f tn i'm about 4 1/2 months post-op, i had arthroscopic surgery with microfracture to repair torn cartilage on my medial femoral condyle. A few weeks ago i jumped knees first onto a sled and have been having problems since. i am experiencing alot of stiffness and a little swelling, there is also something the feels like it is moving when i extend my knee. should i be worried about another injury?
Avatar m tn HI. I have had ongoing knee pain for 3 years. I have had 2 MRI scans which suggested damage to the subchondral bone of the femur. I have had 2 arthroscopes procedures with a view to have a microfracture, but there was no damage to the articular surface. Does anyone have any ideas of a diagnosis or way forward? The pain i have is on hyperflexion of the knee and also when i perform lunges.
Avatar f tn History-Last march I injured my right knee playing lacrosse, I am 13 years old.I was sprinting and pivoted on my knee and heard and felt a pop. There was some swelling after the initial injury. I saw an orthopedic surgeon and was told it was either a possible tear in my acl, strain, or cartilage damage. The MRI came back negative. I decided to just play through the pain because it wasnt unbearable and the season was almost over. I went to lacrosse camp and it really started bothering me.
Avatar f tn I am a 14 year old female and had arthroscopic surgery with microfracture to repair torn articular cartilage about 8 months ago. after physical therapy and lots of rest, i was cleared to play lacrosse again. My knee was feeling alot better and stronger. i still wear a brace while i play to try to prevent any further injury. however, i'm afraid its injured again.
Avatar m tn you tore your posterior and lateral meniscus - they were both repaired, but you have significant thinning of the cartilage behind the kneecap - pieces that tore were floating around, so they removed them - you had extensive repair to the tendons, and not much cartilage left behind the knee cap - so yes, you can expect the recovery to be long and painful. Sorry = but you will recover = when you are allowed, try swimming - slowly at first and gradually increasing time.
Avatar m tn I saw another orthopedic doctor today. He suggests microfracture surgery on my knee. But that entails 6 weeks on crutches, and 3-6 months of PT afterwards. I need to think about that!
Avatar n tn Is it safe to travel with an 8000 foot elevation change shortly after a microfracture surgery?
Avatar n tn My husband who is 70 had a total knee replacement 6 weeks ago and the pain seems to be intensifying rather than diminishing. He had a childhood injury to this knee, then another operation 13 years ago but is crying with the pain most of the time and has gone from ordinary pain killers to needing morphine. He has physiotherapy 3 times per week, also hydrotherapy and acupuncture, they all say he is making some progress but very slowly and keep telling him exercising will relieve the pain.
Avatar n tn If this were unsuccessful, surgical options include, simple debridement (chondroplasty), microfracture revascularization, osteochondral plugs, or autologous cartilage replacement using cartilage grown from your own cells. You should have a thorough discussion with your orthopedist with regards to which is best for you.
Avatar n tn Yes, arthroscopic repair of the meniscus id commonly done post injuries, the microfracture technique is used for regeneration of articular cartilage. Initial recovery may vary between a few weeks to a few months depending on the primary condition, while complete recovery would generally take a few months. Hope this information is helpful. Take care!
159619 tn?1538184537 When the surgeon went in he saw a lack of cartilage medially and decided to do a microfracture (without my permission). He did not have me use a CPM machine which gives you optimal healing, nor did he have me move my leg at all for the first 3 weeks. You MUST move your knee consistently to get the most bleeding to create cartilage. I do not recommend this surgery to anyone for any reason. I could walk fine before the surgery.
Avatar f tn meniscus tear repair done via microfracture post 10weeks. Doc removed cartilage to bone on bone (medial side) and then performed microfracture....My knee feel great other than a little tightness around front of knee from incisions and the continuous swelling behind the knee (bakers cyst?). The pain runs down into my knee (same feeling as before surgery). Is this swelling normal at this point post op as o was told I had extensive damage...
Avatar f tn Still pain — clicking was low and dull with some high pitch clicks. Doc said it is plica. Received a cortisone shot in the knee. Didn't feel my knee for 4 days, but clicking is still there. Was supposed to meet with him a couple of weeks ago — he had to cancel the appt. Ended up spilling my frustration out on nurse who then said, why don't we just get you referred to an OS. Appt is in 2 weeks. 17 weeks after the accident, still limping.
Avatar f tn History-Last march I injured my right knee playing lacrosse, I am 13 years old.I was sprinting and pivoted on my knee and heard and felt a pop. There was some swelling after the initial injury. I saw an orthopedic surgeon and was told it was either a possible tear in my acl, strain, or cartilage damage. The MRI came back negative. I decided to just play through the pain because it wasnt unbearable and the season was almost over. I went to lacrosse camp and it really started bothering me.
Avatar f tn I had microfracture knee surgery 12 weeks ago, and I still cannot walk without the aid of crutches. My muscle is atrophying, so I feel I am getting farther and farther away from recovery. My doctor doesn't want me in PT for strength building for another 4 weeks. I am worried about my thigh muscle. Especially 4 weeks from now because of the condition it is in now. Is this characteristic of my surgery?
Avatar m tn So instead he wants to preform a microfracture and if it fails move onto knee replacement. He also feels I am not a canidate for any cartilage repair surgery because of the kissing lesions. I feel I have more damage on the tibia too because I have lots of pain below my knee cap and in my lower joint line behind my knee.
Avatar f tn My consultant warned me however there was an outside chance he would have to resurface 1 or more bones in my knee(microfracture of femur). He warned me that I would then be off my left leg for 6 weeks. However while he performed the operation he noticed my femoral meniscus was only at stage 2 and not at stage 4 as he thought. But the cartilage behind kneecap was 'a mush' and washed it out with sterile water. He also performed chondroplasty to back of kneecap.
Avatar n tn He said there was probably nothing he could do, I just have extremely bad cartilage for someone my age and I'll need a knee replacement in my 50s. Finally, he was able to get the HMO to allow an MRI, and, based on looking at the MRI, he decided I had worn the articular cartilage off the end of my femur, leaving exposed bone. He said there was microfracture surgery to correct that.
Avatar m tn I had microfracture done on my right knee almost 10 years ago and have been doing great with that.