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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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Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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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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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

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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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Can arthroscopic knee surgery correct fracture of femoral condyle?

Can assist: Certain fracture patterns of the femoral condyle can be assisted by using arthroscopy. It can judge whether out not the fracture is significantly displaced or if there is an associate cartilage damage. Some fractures can be percutaneusly resuced and screws place tohold the fragments in place and not require an open procedure. ...Read more

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Had knee surgery 5 months ago for tibial plateau fracture, and my lateral ligament is still weak. Any recommendations?

Had knee surgery 5 months ago for tibial plateau fracture, and my lateral ligament is still weak. Any recommendations?

Tough to answer: The majority of tibial plateau fractures do not involve the lateral ligamentous structures. In general, the lateral structures (fibular collateral, popliteofibular, popliteus, etc) require surgery to repair or reconstruct. I think your case is much better addressed with a specialist and careful review of the situation. ...Read more

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Dr. James Lin
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Knee Surgery (Definition)

Knee surgery may be done for congenital, traumatic or degenerative causes. Arthroscopy is a common method for treating cartilage and ligament problems. Open surgeries are commonly performed for fractures. Knee joint replacement may be done in (usually) older individuals with knee joint arthritis that impairs their daily function and which is not ...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