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Microfracture and acl surgery?

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Dr. Aruna Seneviratne
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
Good options: Acl reconstruction at your age is a good option if you have knee instability. Only a small percentage of patients (copers) do well without surgery. Micro fracture at the same setting to address small cartilage defects is fine, but an oats procedure maybe better, where. Cartilage plugs are harvested from another area of the knee and implanted to the affected area. Check with your surgeon about it.
Dr. Ryan Pflugner
Sports Medicine 16 years experience
Rehab is important!: Microfracture surgery's goal is to attempt to recreate as normal as possible your cartilage. It forms fibrocartilage from the stem cells that are expressed after the subchondral bone is penetrated during surgery. In combination with acl recon you are looking at around 6-8 weeks of non weight bearing and 6-8 months of rehab before getting back to sports.

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