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Chondroplasty

Arthroscopic chondroplasty

A surgical procedure used to repair a small area of damaged cartilage in the knee

About

This procedure smoothes over loose, roughened surface cartilage covering your bone. It is normally an option for mild cartilage wear and is done as arthroscopic (keyhole) surgery, and is best placed for mechanical symptoms such as clicking and catching.

Need to know

  • What happens icon plus

    The procedure is usually performed under a general anaesthetic. Using a keyhole surgery technique called arthroscopy, a tiny camera is inserted into a small cut made at the front of your knee. This lets your surgeon see and remove the damaged area of cartilage. The entire operation takes around 30 minutes.
  • How to prepare icon plus

    Before the procedure, your consultant will suggest a MRI to examine your knee and decide the best procedure for you. Your consultant will explain the procedure and answer any questions you may have. When surgery is performed under general anaesthetic, the team will let you know how long you should avoid eating or drinking before surgery. Like all procedures, there are risks and side effects may be encountered. Your consultant will explain these to you.
  • Afterwards icon plus

    You should be able to go home the same day as your surgery. You may need to use crutches for several days after you leave hospital. Your consultant will tell you when you can start bearing weight on your knee again. They may also recommend some exercises to help to build strength back in your knee. Your consultant will let you know when you can get back to your usual routine, including work or exercise.
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From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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