Advanced Cartilage Procedures

Understanding Cartilage Damage

Cartilage damage can significantly impair joint function and cause persistent pain, affecting daily activities. Advanced cartilage procedures, coupled with arthroscopic treatment, offer effective solutions to repair and restore damaged cartilage, providing relief and improved joint mobility.

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Causes and Symptoms of Cartilage Damage

Causes: Injuries, repetitive stress, aging, and degenerative conditions like osteoarthritis can contribute to cartilage deterioration.

Symptoms: Joint pain, stiffness, swelling, and limited range of motion are common signs of cartilage damage.

Diagnosis and Evaluation

Accurate diagnosis of cartilage damage involves a comprehensive assessment, including:

  • Medical History: Reviewing symptoms, previous injuries, and medical conditions.
  • Physical Examination: Evaluating joint function, flexibility, and signs of inflammation.
  • Imaging Tests: Utilizing X-rays, MRI scans, or CT scans to assess the extent of cartilage damage.

Arthroscopic Treatment for Cartilage Damage

Arthroscopic surgery, performed by skilled orthopedic surgeons like Dr. Mohit Kukreja, offers several benefits for treating cartilage damage:
  • Minimally Invasive: Arthroscopic techniques involve small incisions, resulting in less tissue trauma and faster recovery.
  • Precision: High-definition cameras and specialized instruments allow for precise visualization and targeted treatment of cartilage lesions.
  • Comprehensive Evaluation: Arthroscopy enables thorough examination of the joint structures, facilitating accurate diagnosis and treatment planning.

Advanced Cartilage Procedures Offered

  • Microfracture Surgery: Stimulates the growth of new cartilage by creating small fractures in the underlying bone.
  • Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation (ACI): Involves harvesting healthy cartilage cells from the patient and implanting them into the damaged area.
  • Osteochondral Autograft Transplantation (OATS): Transfers healthy cartilage from a non-weight-bearing area to the damaged site.
  • Osteochondral Allograft Transplantation: Uses donor cartilage to replace damaged tissue, particularly beneficial for large defects.
  • Matrix-Induced Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation (MACI): Combines cartilage cells with a biocompatible scaffold to promote tissue regeneration.

Benefits of Arthroscopic Cartilage Procedures

  • Effective Repair: Targeted treatment addresses the underlying cause of cartilage damage, promoting long-term joint health.
  • Minimized Discomfort: Minimally invasive approach reduces postoperative pain and accelerates recovery.
  • Improved Function: Restored joint function and mobility enable patients to resume daily activities with greater ease.
  • Prevention of Further Damage: Early intervention with arthroscopic procedures can prevent the progression of cartilage damage and delay the need for joint replacement surgery.

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If you’re experiencing joint pain or suspect cartilage damage, schedule a consultation with Dr. Mohit Kukreja to explore advanced cartilage procedures with arthroscopic treatment.