Knee Cartilage Replacement Surgery Can Repair Damaged Cartilage
If you suffer from chronic knee pain, you may have worn or damaged cartilage. As the cushioning tissue inside your knee starts to wear away, your joint will grind painfully. Fortunately, Dr. Aron D. Rovner, MD, can often treat damaged cartilage with Knee Cartilage Replacement Surgery at New York Spine and Sports Surgery in NYC. During this procedure, Dr. Rovner creates tiny fractures in your knee bone in order to stimulate cartilage growth. Because the treatment is minimally invasive, it involves a quick recovery. For this reason, microfracture surgery can be particularly beneficial if you are an athlete eager to get back in the game as soon as possible.
Athletes typically know the pain and frustration associated with damaging the cartilage. These injuries have often experienced poor and limited treatment options. Cartilage injuries have been subjected to a wide range of treatment options, but cartilage replant now offers some of the best options for our patients to heal and repair damaged cartilage.
How it Works
At New York Spine and Sports Surgery, we understand that the body’s natural ability to heal is often the best solution for injury. Cartilage replant taps allow your body to heal the cartilage with a little assistance from our staff.
Small holes are drilled into the bone near the damaged area. This procedure is typically called a microfracture, and just drilling these holes can often stimulate the body to begin developing new cartilage. However, in cartilage replant, we also add donor cartilage. This tissue is often taken from another area of your knee so that there is no risk of rejection and reduced potential for infection.
The implanted cartilage helps to jumpstart the process and can lead to faster and stronger regeneration of the cartilage.
After the Procedure
Once the procedure is completed, it is important to heal and recover properly. The purpose is to allow the body to naturally heal the injury, but while the attachments and tissue are not fully developed and weak, it is easy to cause damage and undo the progress you have made.
Specific and detailed physical therapy is started following surgery to ensure that the cartilage can get stronger, while also ensuring that it functions properly too. This process can take a long time depending on the severity of the original injury and how well your body responds to the therapy.
However, cartilage replant can be especially effective, and when it is allowed the proper time and exercise, it can return to full strength. This means that our patients can often return to high impact sports upon completion of their treatment.
Who Should Get the Surgery?
If you have recently sustained an injury to your knee, it is critical to schedule an appointment right away. Patients who wait longer to be seen by Dr. Rovner have a higher chance of creating new injuries or making the current injury even worse.
At your appointment, Dr. Rovner will conduct a detailed physical exam to identify the extent of the damage to your joint and the structure of your knee. We aim to treat injuries at the lowest possible level, so if we can correct a problem with rest, ice and a splint, we don’t schedule you for a surgery! However, when injuries require more specialized care, Dr. Rovner has the experience and knowledge to make sure that you have the best care and the best possible outcome.
If the cartilage in your knee has been damaged to the point that physical therapy, medications, or other methods won’t properly heal the injury, cartilage replant may be suggested for you. We will review your family, medical, and athletic history to ensure that there aren’t any complications. In addition, you may be scheduled for some additional tests so that everybody knows exactly what to expect during the surgery. This also helps your overall outcome because you will be able to understand all of the issues that may arise during your treatment. However, cartilage replant offers many people a great avenue to get back to doing what they love.
If you have sustained an injury to the knee, schedule an appointment today. At New York Spine and Sports Surgery, we have the expertise to diagnose and treat your injury and give you the best chance to get back on the field sooner!