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How long is the recovery time for chondromalacia surgery?

How long is the recovery time for chondromalacia surgery?

Indeterminate: The answer is a function of the nature and extent of the chondral damage and the technique employed to try to improve the chondral surface. Thus not a simple answer. The recovery is different for procedures such as chondroplasty, pick chondroplasty or micro fracture, or oats procedure, or fresh osteochondral allograft. ...Read more

Dr. Marvin Ott
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Chondromalacia (Definition)

Chondromalacia describes injury, destruction or abnormal appearance of cartilage within a joint. Chondromalacia is most commonly described in the knee (Chondromalacia Patellae) and is usually the result of irritation or inflammation in the joint that has the ...Read more


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I just been diagnosed with chondromalacia paletta. It's severe enough that after 6 weeks of pt more likely surgery. If so, how long before able to drive?

I just been diagnosed with chondromalacia paletta. It's severe enough that after 6 weeks of pt more likely surgery. If so, how long before able to drive?

See ORS: Chondromalacia of the patella is an extremely common dx. And should be treated non-operatively for longer than 6 wks. In my experience.Nsaids, isometric quads strengthening, wt. Loss, and other modalities are helpful.Surgery is not always 'curative'...Seek 2nd opinion before surgery. Good luck! ...Read more

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At 14 I was diagnosed with chondromalacia and had microarthroscopic surgery. 15 years later my knees still lock often (can't hyperextend) and hurt.?

You need to be eva--: Luated by an orthopod to get properly diagnosed. Locking is generally due to mechanical cause, like a meniscal or chondral lesion or a loose body.
You most likely would need an MRI and possibly an arthroscopic evaluation. Good luck! ...Read more

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Diagnosed with chondromalacia. My knees pop when I bend them, so I am afraid to exercise. If they pop does that mean I need surgery? I have pt nextweek

Diagnosed with chondromalacia. My knees pop when I bend them, so I am afraid to exercise. If they pop does that mean I need surgery? I have pt nextweek

No surgery: Popping ang grinding sensations are common and surgery may not be effective. Best to focus on therapy targeting hamstring flexibility, core strength and balance, and quad strength in a non painful range. ...Read more

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Could u know how long it would take to recover from surgery for chondromalacia, or runners knee?

Could u know how long it would take to recover from surgery for chondromalacia, or runners knee?

It depends.: Depends on exactly what is done. Most recoveries are 2-3 months. But there are some procedures that require 6 months for full recovery. Ask your surgeon for the specifics of his/her rehabilitation protocol. ...Read more

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I'm really nervous about having knee microfracture surgery for my chondromalacia, what can I expect? Crutches a braces? I'm nervous

I'm really nervous about having knee microfracture surgery for my chondromalacia, what can I expect? Crutches a braces? I'm nervous

Non weight bearing: Micro fracture in essence is creating a fracture to stimulate fibro cartilage to fill in a void. This needs to be protected from load for a minimum 4-6 weeks. Once the micro fracture heals you can progress your weight bearing. Early pt will focus on range of motion strengthening without loading the joint. Typically flexion past 90 is avoided in the short term depending on the region of the fx. ...Read more

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Chondromalacia patella for around 4 months, physical therapy did not help, some options to help the knee get better without surgery?

Chondromalacia patella for around 4 months, physical therapy did not help, some options to help the knee get better without surgery?

Consider Surgery: Conservative management of Chondromalacia patella includes icing, taping, bracing, and exercise to stabilize your patella. If PT with exercise and icing/taping did not help, an Orthopaedic Surgeon can evaluate you for patella alta or baja, put a camera into your knee to look for a plica, remove damaged cartilage, and give an expert opinion of your biomechanical foot/knee/patellar alignment. ...Read more

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During laparoscopy knee surgery doctor 'cleaned up' chondromalacia, what does that mean?

During laparoscopy knee surgery doctor 'cleaned up' chondromalacia, what does that mean?

Chondroplasty: Cleaning up chondromalacia means that the uneven loose cartilage on the surface of the bone was likely shaved or 'cleaned up'...Such as mowing your grass or buzz cutting your hair. ...Read more

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Could a knee replacement surgery treat patellofemoral syndrome or chondromalacia patella?

Could a knee replacement surgery treat patellofemoral syndrome or chondromalacia patella?

Sometimes: Patellofemoral syndrome is often successfully treated with aggressive, committed physical therapy aimed at strengthening the inside portion of your quadricep muscle. Damage of the smooth articular cartilage on the undersurface of the knee cap is called chondromalacia patella. If this damage is severe enough, then either a partial or total knee replacement may be indicated. ...Read more

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Can a knee replacement surgery help treat patellofemoral syndrome or chondromalacia patella?

Can a knee replacement surgery help treat patellofemoral syndrome or chondromalacia patella?

Yes, but: Knee replacement should be reserved (in my non-orthopedic) opinion for severe knee disease-not the 2 conditions you mentioned. ...Read more

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Could it happen that a knee replacement surgery treat patellofemoral syndrome or chondromalacia patella?

Could it happen that a knee replacement surgery treat patellofemoral syndrome or chondromalacia patella?

Last resort treatmen: Running causes high forces in this portion of the joint. So does arising from a chair, going up/down stairs. Treatment consists of activity modification, ice, anti-inflammatory meds and therapy aimed at flexibility and strengthening, especially of your core. Doubt knee replacement would be needed unless other compartments of knee also arthritic. Patellofemoral replacement as a last resort. ...Read more

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Mri results: an osteochondral defect on the posterior surface of the patella does this mean surgery also chondromalacia patella and small joint effusi?

Mri results: an osteochondral defect on the posterior surface of the patella does this mean surgery also chondromalacia patella and small joint effusi?

Depends: None of these problems necessarily reuire you to have surgery, but the first 2 could be improved with surgery. It depends on your degree of impairment/pain/ability to get around. A small effusion (fluid) is not unexpected. You need to discuss risks of surgery, prognosis, amount of rehab, etc with your pcp and/or orthopedist. ...Read more

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My MRI results came back saying: mild trochlear dysphasia with shallow trochlear depth, which can predispose to patellar instability. Patellar chondromalacia with a full thick lness chondral defect at the genu of the patella. What does this mean? Surgery

My MRI results came back saying: mild trochlear dysphasia with shallow trochlear depth, which can predispose to patellar instability. Patellar chondromalacia with a full thick lness chondral defect at the genu of the patella. What does this mean? Surgery

Not necessarily: So there are findings on the MRI consistent with patellafemoral instability as well as damage to the undersurface of the patella. Non operative options include therapy or injections and bracing, surgery may be an option of you fail nonoperative care. ...Read more

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24 female, mri: medial meniscus tear (i've had for 10yrs) mild chondromalacia. Knees ache most when seated. Could strengthening/pt substitute surgery?

24 female, mri: medial meniscus tear (i've had for 10yrs) mild chondromalacia. Knees ache most when seated. Could strengthening/pt substitute surgery?

Absolutely: Nonoperative treatments like strengthening and therapy are always the first choice before surgery. When you have given these a real effort, and are still bothered by your complaints, then the only real option to get better may be to have the 20 min scope procedure and move on. Give it an honest try and then decide if surgery is right for you. ...Read more

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Bwc case. Contusion/sprain knee approved. Surgeon says surgery. He tried to add chondromalacia but was denied. Have mucoid dengeneration also on MRI?

Bwc case. Contusion/sprain knee approved. Surgeon says surgery. He tried to add chondromalacia but was denied. Have mucoid dengeneration also on MRI?

Surgery proposed?: You don't make it clear how recent the injury or what kind of surgery is proposed. This requires more explanation by your doctor because there are a lot of pitfalls with knee surgery and the insurance denial may or may not be a red flag. ...Read more

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MRI Diagnosis of Horizontal undersurface tear posterior horn medial meniscus and Grade II Chondromalacia patella with trace knee effusion. Surgery?

MRI Diagnosis of Horizontal undersurface tear posterior horn medial meniscus and Grade II Chondromalacia patella with trace knee effusion. Surgery?

Obviously you have -: -symptoms, so if the trouble is locking, giving way, the findings indicate a mechanical problem in the knee. You need to follow the advice of your orthopedic surgeon who is familiar with your case, especially if you have treated with him/her for a while. The surgery is only driven by your symptoms. The thing to remember is there is no orth prob so severe that it can't be made worse by surgery. ...Read more

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30. Feel knee pop or snap around/from knee sometimes when turning foot out. MRI Dx w/chondromalacia. Told patellar maltrack. Recovery time? Any advice

30. Feel knee pop or snap around/from knee sometimes when turning foot out. MRI Dx w/chondromalacia. Told patellar maltrack. Recovery time? Any advice

Variable: The recovery time can vary from weeks to years. Chondromalacia implies long-term, often irreversible damage to the cartilage that covers the bone. However, symptoms can improve or even disappear. If your patella is not tracking properly, then I recommend a physical therapy program, patellar stabilizing brace and rest from activities that worsen symptoms. Also, update/improve athletic footwear. ...Read more

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How much time does it take chondromalacia patellae to heal?

Never: Chondromalacia patellae is a diagnosis that is made at the time of surgery as is softening or wearing of the cartilage, we have very little to actually heal the cartilage damage but we can control the symptoms and usually make the condition pain free ...Read more

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Does chondromalacia take a long time to develop or can it be caused by a sudden impact?

Does chondromalacia take a long time to develop or can it be caused by a sudden impact?

It takes time: To develop and can be caused by an injury but still develops over a period of time ...Read more

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I read that there is a high success rate for chondromalacia patella, but I also notice a lot of people get a lot worse over time? Which is usually true?

I read that there is a high success rate for chondromalacia patella, but I also notice a lot of people get a lot worse over time? Which is usually true?

Patella femoral: Stubborn problem for most. Best managed with exercise to strengthen your quads to improve tracking, and avoiding deep knee bending activities. Also oral or topical nsaids can be of benefit, as well as a brace. Injection of cortisone or hyaluronic acid also very popular. If all else fails, then scope. ...Read more

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My Rheumatologist said that i'll be on pain meds for a long time for chondromalacia. I don't wanna get hook on pain meds. Are there any other choices.

Yes: There are very definite and better alternatives. Assuming you have chondromalacia of the patella (kneecap) quad strengthening, patellar bracing/ taping and NSAIDs may be the best option initially. Topical compounding creams and weight loss (if overweight) are helpful. A second opinion by an experienced ORS is an option. Pain meds are not an option for my patients! Best of Luck! ...Read more

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I'm Taking Norco 10/325 for Chondromalacia in knee. DR Gave me script for it and Phenergan (promethazine) 25 mg. Can I take them both at same time. Or wait. Thanks.

Knee chondromalacia: Taking narcotics to Rx patellar chondromalacia is not a good path to go down. In addition to the addicting potential, it will lead to a false sense of safety such that u will not feel pain when doing an activity which will produce more injury. So get it checked by a knee specialist for a better rx ...Read more

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I have chronic knee pain from chondromalacia. My dr gave my Tylenol (acetaminophen) 3 for pain. Can I take it with Aleve at the same time. How many aleve can u take.

I have chronic knee pain from chondromalacia. My dr gave my Tylenol (acetaminophen) 3 for pain. Can I take it with Aleve at the same time. How many aleve can u take.

You can: The recommended dosage on allege I believe is one every eight hours. Tylenol (acetaminophen) and alleve don't interfere with each other.
Long term usage of either medication is not recommended. ...Read more

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I have had chondromalatia patella for seven years, I have done physical therapy, but it is not better, what should I do, should I have surgery?

I have had chondromalatia patella for seven years, I have done physical therapy, but it is not better, what should I do, should I have surgery?

You might need it: If you have had the problem for seven years
and you have not improved with therapy or
other conservative treatments, you may need
to consider arthroscopic surgery.
While surgery for this problem is not the first
line of treatment, an arthroscopic surgery
can be helpful to improve the situation. ...Read more

Dr. Brian Sabb
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Chondromalacia Patella (Definition)

A condition of pain in the knee. It is thought to be due to damage to the cartilage on the ...Read more