Damage to the articular cartilage – or the cartilage lining on the ends of the bones inside the knee – can cause pain, swelling and other symptoms that keep active people from doing what they want to do. Are there any surgeries for a cartilage injury, such as a microfracture surgery, that can help them build new cartilage?

In this video, I explain a common knee surgery called microfracture. In this procedure, the surgeon pokes holes in the bone within an area of damaged cartilage to try to stimulate the formation of fibrocartilage. I explain the steps of the procedure as well as some potential drawbacks of the procedure. I also share my thoughts on when and for which patients with cartilage injury microfracture might be appropriate.

Also read:
Common questions about arthritis and articular cartilage injuries
Arthroscopic knee surgery: What you need to know

Microfracture surgery to treat an area of cartilage injury

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