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A 34-year-old female asked:

what is the best procedure to do for worn out cartilage in knee joint?

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Dr. John Michalski
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Cartilage: Options depend on amount of surface area involved--if small, possible microfracture, oats procedure for cartilage transfer, or chondrocyte transplant--the last of which may not be covered by insurance. Sometimes a simple scope debridement may get you some mileage.
Dr. Robert Meislin
sports medicine 36 years experience
Cartilage: If the "worn out cartilage" is referring to the meniscus then a meniscal transplant can be performed if there is significant meniscal loss and the patient is relatively young with no or minimal associated articular cartilage wear. If the 'worn out cartilage" is referring to the coating or articular cartilage of the femur then an articular cartilage can be considered with possible autologous tx.

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