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How painful is micro fracture knee surgery?

How painful is micro fracture knee surgery?

Limited pain: Microfracture surgery is minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery and is usually tolerated very well. Pain is very subjective, so pain that is 1/10 to one person may be an 8/10 to someone else. That being said, arthroscopic microfracture surgery is usually less painful. The majority of my patients will be off of narcotics after a few days and using over the counter medication to relieve pain. ...Read more

Dr. Sewa Legha
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


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What does it mean to have a micro fracture knee surgery?

What does it mean to have a micro fracture knee surgery?

Cartilage procedure: Microfracture is an arthroscopic surgery technique that restores cartilage in an area of cartilage deficit. By poking holes in the bone with an instrument that looks like an ice pick, bleeding occurs, which stimulates growth factors to create scar cartilage - which is not as good as the cartilage one is born with, but it can help with pain. Usually requires 6 weeks of non weight bearing afterward. ...Read more

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Nervous about having micro fracture knee surgery; first surgery ever. What should I expect.

Nervous about having micro fracture knee surgery; first surgery ever. What should I expect.

Surgery: Considering your age and assuming no other medical problems this will be a very low-risk surgery for you. A few days of pain and then you should get back to normal. ...Read more

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How soon after micro fracture knee surgery can you generally return to school?

How soon after micro fracture knee surgery can you generally return to school?

Micro fracture: You should be able to return to school on crutches, nonweigtbearing, whenever you are comfortable getting about. ...Read more

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I'm having micro fracture knee surgery on my right knee. Is it possible to be cleared to drive before i'm weight bearing? I have to drive to school.

I'm having micro fracture knee surgery on my right knee. Is it possible to be cleared to drive before i'm weight bearing? I have to drive to school.

No: Driving requires leg, arm and mental performance. Braking requires weight bearing. Depending on your response to anesthesia or your pain levels you may not be a fit driver for weeks. A sleepy driver is a bad driver (reflexes slowed). Check with your surgeon for clearance. ...Read more

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How long does it take for your knee to feel normal after micro fracture surgery? My knee still feels very weak after one year.

How long does it take for your knee to feel normal after micro fracture surgery?   My knee still feels very weak after one year.

Need Follow Up: Most people who have microfracture surgery are able to return to sports or intense activities in 4 months, however, recovery is typically slow. For best results, physical therapy should be continued for 3-6 months after surgery. Results are better for patients less than 40 years of age and not overweight. If you are still feeling unstable after a year, you should make a follow up. ...Read more

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I had a micro fracture on my knee last summer 2012. I went to physical therapy for 5-6 months. But my knee has not been the same. Whats wrong with it?

I had a micro fracture on my knee last summer 2012. I went to physical therapy for 5-6 months. But my knee has not been the same. Whats wrong with it?

??: By micro fracture do you mean a "micro fracture arthroplasty " if so you are pretty young for such things but it is not unheard of unfortunately by no means does all surgery work go discuss with your orthopedist. ...Read more

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Are knee braces / immobilizers used for all knee micro fracture surgeries?

Are knee braces / immobilizers used for all knee micro fracture surgeries?

Knee Braces: Knee immobilization is commonly used after micro fracture technique done on the knee. There should have been a very specific rehabilitation protocol given to you prior to and reinforce after surgery. The first 6 weeks would involve protected weight bearing, initial immobilization, followed by gentle range of motion. Braces may be involved. ...Read more

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What exactly is done with having a micro fracture surgery in your knee? Where exactly do they do that? I am am having it under the kneecap? Recovery?

What exactly is done with having a micro fracture surgery in your knee? Where exactly do they do that? I am am having it under the kneecap? Recovery?

Arthroscopic surgery: Microfracture surgery is an arthroscopic surgical procedure where a sharp pick is used to poke holes into places of bare bone where cartilage is missing. This creates bleeding bone that scabs over the bare bone with scar tissue. Most surgeons limit patients weight bearing with crutches and possibly a knee brace for 4-6 weeks after the surgery. Knee cap microfracture surgery has mixed results. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more