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Knee Microfracture Surgery
Yes: Microfracture is the standard surgery to treat isolated cartilage injuries. The technique gets new, reparative cartilage to grow that is similar to the original cartilage. It can return patients to their activities and decrease pain. Unfortunately, the reparative cartilage is not as durable as the original stuff, and some patients experience recurrent symptoms later in life. Advances are coming. ...Read more
Heals over time: Knee microfracture surgery is a common procedure used to repair damaged knee cartilage. Cartilage is the material that helps cushion and cover the area where bones meet in the joints.Physical therapy may begin in the recovery room right after your surgery. A machine gently exercises your leg for 6 to 8 hours a day for several weeks. Many people do well after this surgery, but recovery is slow. ...Read more
Usually permanent: It should be a permanent fix.Get a more detailed answer ›
See below: Whenever its comfortable for you.Get a more detailed answer ›
4-6 weeks: The pain will die down after the the fist 4 weeks. ...Read more
The pain will decide: When his pain subside he could do everything. ...Read more
Knee locking: You should have this discussion with your surgeon. If he does not give you a satisfactory answer and solution, it is okay to get a second opinion. ...Read more
Be aware that there are specialists in all areas these days. This applies to rehabilitation from surgery or injuries as well. I would advise you to seek out the experts and then let their advice become your routine. Time and space separate you from whatever initiated the damage. Focus on what you have and then go from there. Some of us will pass through life without splitting a toenail. Most of the rest of us are not so lucky. ...See more
Yes: Mf surgery can be helpful in some pts. However the procedure (arthroscopic) is not always successful. If the pt. Is overweight, has a relatively large lesion and does not follow the surgeon's directions post-op (such as staying non- wt. Bearing for 4-6 wks, strengthening leg muscles etc) it may fail. In fact, even if the lesion does" fill in" it usually is not the same smooth cartilage u had. ...Read more
How long during recovery after a knee microfracture surgery does one continue to experience knee pain?
Five months: Post operative pain and swelling are dependant on the location and depth/width of the lesson. Gentle nonweight bearing exercises (stationary bike) are used for the first month, then strengthening is begun. Sports participation should be limited for 4-6 months. Pain and swelling start to improve around 2-3 months past op. At 5 months most people feel pretty good. ...Read more
Had knee microfracture surgery 6 months. My knee still gets swollen. Should I make an app with my ortho or wait till my next app in january?
If that is not: What your orthopedic surgeon lead you to believe would be normal at six months then by all means give his/her office a call and make an appointment. ...Read more
I had knee microfracture surgery done 4 months ago and was feeling great! Able to run with no pain. Now it's starting to hurt again. Did surgery fail?
What if you start walking 2 weeks earlier then your doctor told you too after knee microfracture surgery?
What?: Sorry but that's just plain foolish. Please rethink that and speak with your surgeon before you do some serious damage to yourself. ...Read more
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
I'm 3 weeks post op knee microfracture surgery. My doc told me wait till 6 weeks to start walking. But I was walking today and felt fine. Why wait?
Bone could collapse: Micro fracture is exactly what it sounds like. The surgeon makes small fractures in the bone where there is currently no articular cartridge. If you walk on it too soon, the region he fractured could collapse. Than you have a nightmare on your hands. Listen to your surgeon, even if it feels good. What's a couple more weeks. ...Read more
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