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Cartilage (Definition)

Cartilage is a specialized type of tissue found in joints and areas that two bones come together. It is made up of specialized cells that live in the midst of proteins and sugars that absorb and release water similar to a sponge. Healthy cartilage helps decrease friction in joints, absorbs shock and protects the ends of the bone. Degradation of ...Read more


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How effective is arthroscopy for fixing torn cartilage in my knee? I am an athlete and want the best possible treatment for my injured knee. Is arthroscopy going to allow me to return to full function, or should I opt for traditional surgery?

How effective is arthroscopy for fixing torn cartilage in my knee? I am an athlete and want the best possible treatment for my injured knee. Is arthroscopy going to allow me to return to full function, or should I opt for traditional surgery?

Very effective: There are two basic types of cartilage in your knee--the meniscus (between the bones) and the articular (covering the bones). "torn cartilage" usually refers to a torn meniscus. Arthroscopic surgery is very reliable for resolving symptoms like catching, locking and giving way. Recovery is typically short with no long term restrictions. Complications are infrequent. ...Read more

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Some surgeons want the patient to wear a brace 24/7 after an ACDF while others don't recconendrd a brace. What are the pros and cons of using a brace?

Some surgeons want the patient to wear a brace 24/7 after an ACDF while others don't recconendrd a brace. What are the pros and cons of using a brace?

YOUR: surgeon should determine when and for how long a brace is used however after a fusion some STABILITY of the spine after the procedure is required! The advantage of the brace is that it provides the stability without the possibility of disrupting bone fusion,.the disadvantage is that it delays the rehabilitative physical therapy! Hope this helps! Good Luck Dr Z ...Read more

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How many steroid injections for arthritis in the knee can a person have within a year before consideration of a knee replacement?

How many steroid injections for arthritis in the knee can a person have within a year before consideration of a knee replacement?

Varies: The recommendations vary, but in general i tell my patients that 3 injections in a 6 month period is the limit. If you think about it, you really would not want to keep getting them unless they were lasting longer anyway. There are other types of injections that can be done as well that may last longer such as synvisc (hylan g-f 20) as well. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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How long will it take for me to be able to return to my job as a housekeeper after knee surgery for a bucket handle tear of my medial meniscus?

How long will it take for me to be able to return to my job as a housekeeper after knee surgery for a bucket handle tear of my medial meniscus?

Depends: If your surgeon can repair (stitch together) the tear, then you will need crutches and may also require a brace with restricted motion for up to 6 weeks, followed by rehab to regain strength and motion. If the tear is not repairable and your surgeon simply trims it out, then you can return much quicker. Probably within 2-4 weeks based on your comfort. Your young age helps speed your recovery. ...Read more

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What number of times can a knee ligament be repaired before you consider knee replacement?

What number of times can a knee ligament be repaired before you consider knee replacement?

This depends on your: Level of activity and need for knee stability. Some people can function with a brace rather than having acl repair surgery, where others will need the surgery. As for how many times, it depends on the persons age, how they have healed to prior surgeries, which ligaments and needed function. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time for a knee arthroscopy before I can run again?

What is the recovery time for a knee arthroscopy before I can run again?

Procedure dependent: It would depend on what was performed. You may be able to return to running within 4 week. ...Read more

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Can you let me know how many times can a knee ligament be repaired before you consider knee replacement?

Can you let me know how many times can a knee ligament be repaired before you consider knee replacement?

Not enough info: This is a difficult question to answer without more information. If you have a bowed-leg (varus) arthritis, the ligament reconstruction, if it's an acl will most always fail unless your alignment is corrected with an osteotomy. Multiple reconstructions will only lead to a stiffer joint with increased scar tissue and the results on a total knee will be will be worse because of limited motion range. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time for a meniscal cyst? Will i need an arthroscopy?

What is the recovery time for a meniscal cyst? Will i need an arthroscopy?

Let me explain: Let me start with question, did you have mri, if you have it will if the meniscus torn or not. There is two they could address your question. 1-if the meniscus is not torn they could take the cyst out by small incision, that will not require arthroscopy. 2-meniscus torn(positive mri) yes you need arthroscopy. ...Read more

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Suffered a crushed knee joint from accident. Too young for replacement. What's the best option for treatment?Im not overweight and exercise daily.

Need more info: Sorry to hear about your knee. "crushed " doesn't sound good but i need more information to give u an answer. It would be best to look @ your x-rays and arthroscopic photos( if u have had your knee 'scoped') @ a minimum to give you your tx. Alternatives.Best of luck! ...Read more

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Which type of surgery would work best for me for my torn acl?

Which type of surgery would work best for me for my torn acl?

Patellar tendon: If you are 34 and active athletically i prefer autologous patellar tendon graft(using your own kneecap tendon). Older individuals w/ instability symptoms after an acl tear --- prefer allograft. Some surgeons will offer a hamstring ( quad. Looped) for your case. I still believe endoscopic acl reconstruction w/ your own patellar tendon gives the best results long term. Discuss w/ surgeon. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can you tell me the recovery time for a below the knee amputation?

Can you tell me the recovery time for a below the knee amputation?

Depends age & fitnes: There are so many variables. The weight, physical strength, psychological factors, age. I have had patients walking normally in six weeks and others 6 months and others never. ...Read more

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How common is a hip replacement dislocation or loosening.I have a new citation by stryker and want to know the long term risks?

How common is a hip replacement dislocation or loosening.I have a new citation by stryker and want to know the long term risks?

Not common: With current techniques, regardless of the approach used for your surgery, the possiblity of dislocation or loosening of components is very low. The chance of either event is less than 1% in most recent research. The device you have has a long track record of good results, and is not likely to dislocate or loosen if you take good care of it. Consult with your surgeon about recommended activities. ...Read more

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What kind of treatment is done for MCL sprain? Does a hinge brace help with the sprain? How long does it take to heal? Can a sprain turn into a tear?

What kind of treatment is done for MCL sprain?  Does a hinge brace help with the sprain? How long does it take to heal? Can a sprain turn into a tear?

Brace, weeks to heal: Most MCL sprains often heal on their own with relative rest, and a hinged brace can help relieve pain and stabilize the knee. There are 3 grades, with Grade 1 representing microtearing. Grade 2 is a partial tear and Grade 3 is a full tear. Grade 3s sometimes require surgery. Healing is typically 1-3 weeks for Grade 1, 3-6 weeks for Grade 2 and the longest for Grade 3. ...Read more

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Which kind of brace should you wear for a meniscus tear?

Which kind of brace should you wear for a meniscus tear?

Hmmmm: There truly are no braces designed for meniscus tears. That said, some patients report that a simple neoprene sleeve (not too tight) will improve their symptoms. Braces are generally used for patients with ligament injuries and instability of the knee. ...Read more

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Can a cortisone inj. Be long term cure for torn cartilage in the wrist or will it mask it for a couple of months. As my specialist suggest ulnar short?

Can a cortisone inj. Be long term cure for torn cartilage in the wrist or will it mask it for a couple of months. As my specialist suggest ulnar short?

Let me explain: Steroid injection it will not cure torn cartilage in any place, it give relief of the inflammation in the wrist area sequence to torn cartilage. If he suggests ulnar shorting it must a good reason for that. ...Read more

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How long following surgery for a broken wrist before you can go on a flabalos machine?

How long following surgery for a broken wrist before you can go on a flabalos machine?

Let me help you: It depend on the fracture you had and the treatment methods. Simple fracture need 6 weeks to heal and two weeks to recover your movements. Start easy and progress with no pain and swelling. ...Read more

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