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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 articular cartilage from the surface of your bone to allow a healthy joint surface to heal over the damage. It is normally an option for mild cartilage wear and is done as arthroscopic (keyhole) surgery.

Need to know

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    Chondroplasty treatment is usually done using arthroscopy, which involves inserting a tiny camera (called an arthroscope) and thin surgical instruments into small keyhole cuts made around your knee. The arthroscope sends images to your surgeon via a television monitor, which allows them to see the structure of your knee in detail. Any damaged tissue is carefully removed using the instruments, allowing healthy cartilage to grow in its place. After the damaged tissue is removed, the surgeon will carefully close the incisions using fine stitches.
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    Before the procedure, your consultant may suggest several tests, including an X-ray or MRI scan to examine your knee. They will explain the procedure and answer any questions you may have. Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you. They'll also let you know if you'll be having general aneathetic and how long you should avoid eating and drinking beforehand.
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    You should be able to go home the same day as your surgery. Recovery time for chondroplasty using arthroscopy is much faster than traditional open knee surgery, because the small cuts are faster to heal. It is still important to follow your consultants instructions carefully on your return home. You may need to use crutches for several days. Your consultant will tell you when you can start bearing weight on your knee again and when you can get back to your usual routine. They may also recommend some exercises to help to build strength back in your knee.
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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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