February 06, 2014

Tomorrow Having Knee Surgery

First off I will have some torn meniscus trimmed and then will have bone spurs and floating cartilage removed and then I will have microfracture surgery. They may go in and decide my knee is not able to be repaired and schedule full knee replacement.  I didn't know what microfracture surgery was so I thought some of you might not know either and I decided to share what it was.

 Knee microfracture surgery

Knee microfracture surgery is a common procedure used to repair damaged knee cartilage. Cartilage helps cushion and cover the area where bones meet in the joints.

Description

The surgeon will make a 1/4-inch surgical cut (incision) on your knee.
  • A long, thin tube with a camera on the end is placed through this cut. This is called an arthroscope. The camera is attached to a video monitor in the operating room. This tool lets the surgeon to look inside your knee area and work on the joint.
  • The surgeon makes another surgical cut and passes tools through this opening. A small pointed tool called an awl is used to make very small holes in the bone near the damaged cartilage. These are called microfractures.
These holes release cells in your bones that build new cartilage that replaces the damaged tissue. This can only be done on small area of damaged cartilage (not widespread knee arthritis)

Why the Procedure is Performed

You may need this procedure if you have damage to the cartilage in the knee joint and under the kneecap.
The goal of this surgery is to prevent or slow further damage to the cartilage. This will help prevent knee arthritis. It can help you avoid the need for a partial or total knee replacement.
This procedure is also used to treat knee pain due to cartilage injuries.

It will require me to be on crutches for 6 weeks and after that I will wear a custom made brace for a while.

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