Arthroscopic Cartilage & Meniscus Repair
Cartilage repair is a surgical grafting procedure that replaces damaged cartilage with healthy cartilage from a non‐weight bearing joint. Cartilage repair is performed to correct joint deformities and restore the weight‐bearing capability of the affected joint. It is indicated in patients with articular cartilage damage in the knee to restore normal functioning of the joint. Cartilage repair can be performed using various techniques depending on your particular situation and your surgeon’s preference.
Meniscus is the C-shaped two pieces of cartilage located between thighbone and shin bone that act as shock absorbers and cushion the joints. Meniscus distributes the body weight uniformly across the joint and avoids the pressure on any one part of the joint and development of arthritis. Being the weight bearing part, meniscus is prone to wear and tear and meniscal tear is one of the common knee injuries. Meniscal tear may cause severe pain, stiffness and swelling, catching or locking of the knee, and may limit the movement. Symptomatic and immediate treatment for meniscal tear is the R.I.C.E (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) and use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Surgery is recommended in severe cases and may be performed using arthroscopic technique.