Chondroplasty Repairs or Removes Damaged Cartilage to Ease Chronic Knee Pain

If you have damaged cartilage in your knee, it can cause chronic and even severe pain. At New York Spine and Sports Surgery, Dr. Aron D. Rovner, MD, offers several types of minimally invasive knee surgery. One of the most effective options to repair damaged cartilage is chondroplasty. At our New Jersey or New York office, Dr. Rovner will use a tiny surgical camera, or arthroscope, to examine the inside of your joint. Then he will smooth the damaged cartilage in your knee to lessen friction and reduce pain. After your surgery, Dr. Rovner will provide complete guidance, and he will refer you to an experienced physical therapist. With this comprehensive care, you will be able to get back to your normal activities, free of chronic discomfort.

Is Chondroplasty Right for You?

Cartilage is a soft tissue that covers each end of the bones in your knee. Due to accident or sports injuries, this cartilage can become damaged. In other cases, arthritis and age can cause this tissue to wear away. After sustaining cartilage injuries, the rough edges of tissue will rub together, causing friction in your joint. In turn, you could experience chronic pain, knee stiffness, a popping noise when you walk, and joint instability, among other problems.

Because cartilage damage cannot heal on its own, chondroplasty can have tremendous benefits for your health and quality of life.

At our office, we offer several treatments to repair damaged cartilage. To determine your eligibility for chondroplasty, Dr. Rovner will thoroughly examine your joint and evaluate your symptoms. If you are not a candidate for chondroplasty, he can recommend an alternative treatment, such as microfracture surgery.

What Happens During Chondroplasty?

In most cases, Dr. Rovner will perform chondroplasty arthroscopically. After you receive general anesthesia, he will create small incisions in your knee. The incisions will be about a quarter of an inch long, so they will have little effect on the rest of your joint. Then Dr. Rovner will insert an arthroscope inside the incisions. The camera will project large images on a computer screen, so Dr. Rovner can view the inside of your joint and look for cartilage damage. Then he will trim off the damaged areas of tissue, using tiny surgical instruments. With the clear images on the computer screen, he can accurately eliminate damaged tissue with little impact to the rest of your knee.

The surgeon inserts a tiny camera inside a joint to aid diagnosis and treatment.


As you recover from chondroplasty, new tissue will grow to take the place of the old, damaged cartilage. In some cases, Dr. Rovner may use platelet rich plasma therapy (PRP) in conjunction with chondroplasty. After isolating the healing growth factors in your blood, he will inject the cells in your joint to stimulate faster healing.

Benefits of Chondroplasty

Because cartilage damage cannot heal on its own, chondroplasty can have tremendous benefits for your health and quality of life. After your procedure, you will enjoy increased mobility, and you will be free from chronic pain. In addition, thanks to our arthroscopic techniques, our surgery involves a short recovery time. Often, you will be able to walk on your own and return to many of your normal activities within 6 to 8 weeks of your surgery, if not sooner.

Contact Us for Further Information

Pain and other problems from damaged or eroded knee cartilage does not have to slow you down. Contact New York Spine and Sports Surgery to learn more about chondroplasty and to find out if it is right for you.