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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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What happens to you when you have had all of your knee cartilage removed?

What happens to you when you have had all of your knee cartilage removed?

Osteoarthritis: When cartilage is removed you are bone on bone which is painful and will eventually need joint replacement. ...Read more

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Old sports injury = torn meniscus surgery. Now, i'm in pain again. Is there any solution other than total knee replacement? I had surgery for a torn meniscus about 8 years ago and a significant amount of shredded cartilage was removed. In recent months, e

Old sports injury = torn meniscus surgery. Now, i'm in pain again. Is there any solution other than total knee replacement? I had surgery for a torn meniscus about 8 years ago and a significant amount of shredded cartilage was removed. In recent months, e

Pain meds, injection: The last treatment before knee replacement includes injections of cortisone or lubricants (synvisc, supartz, (hyaluronic acid) etc). Weight loss, stretching and muscle strengthening help also. Anti-inflammatory meds and other pain meds also block the pain. Unfortunately, all of these are temporary. For some young patients, osteotomy (realignment of the limb) or partial knee replacement may be indicated. ...Read more

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Can lengthened costal cartilage (rib-cage cartilage) due to mechanical stress decrease in length after the stress is removed? Do rib cartilages shrink

Can lengthened costal cartilage (rib-cage cartilage) due to mechanical stress decrease in length after the stress is removed?
Do rib cartilages shrink

Potentially: The property of a material to stretch in respons to a stress and then contract back to its original length is know as elasticity. To some extent, the cartilage portion of the ribs do have this property. ...Read more

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Im lookin into asking my doc about vitro cartilage replacement as I've had it removed from my MCL side of my knee will i benefit from having it done?

Yes: Again it depends upon location of the cartilage defect the size, single or multiple , duration since injury, severity of pain and other factors. Not a simple question to answer without all information . Talk to your surgeon. Good luck. ...Read more

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Quad stretch with extreme pain on the medial side of the knee. Is this normal just had torn cartilage removed from the knee 7 days ago. In extreme pai?

Quad stretch with extreme pain on the medial side of the knee. Is this normal just had torn cartilage removed from the knee 7 days ago. In extreme pai?

Varies: Everyone's recovery is different, it could be simply related to postoperative swelling; but if the pain is extreme, I would just make sure your surgeon is aware just to make sure you are not having some type of peri operative complication. ...Read more

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I had surgery 2/17/15 on my ankle. The surgeon also removed my cartilage. I got a second opinion and they said I have a floating bone. Is it bad?

I had surgery 2/17/15 on my ankle.  The surgeon also removed my cartilage. I got a second opinion and they said I have a floating bone. Is it bad?

Mgt: The ankle imaging studies will provide more information regarding severity. I would suggest having more discussions or a second opinion by an Orthopedic specialist. Physical therapy is part of the management after ankle injuries and can be useful in your recovery. ...Read more

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I had meniscus surgery about 3 years ago they removed dead cartilage now my knee hurts if i stand to long and gets worse at night what could it be?

I had meniscus surgery about 3 years ago they removed dead cartilage now my knee hurts if i stand to long and gets worse at night what could it be?

Couple things: It could be arthritic pain it could be patellafemoral pain syndrome. Depends where pain is. U need to do quad and vmo exercises. See if improving function of knee improves condition. If not cortisone or visco inj may help. Talk to ur local orthopedic/sports med doc. ...Read more

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How old does my baby have to be to get the skin tag and cartilage on her cheek near her ear removed ?

How old does my baby have to be to get the skin tag and cartilage on her cheek near her ear removed ?

Preauricular tag: That procedure can be done at any time, but since it is elective surgery and requires a brief general anesthetic with the associated risks of that, you would probably best wait until child is about 18 months of age. There is no absolute answer and you will probably find a variety of opinions, but that is my recommendation. ...Read more

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I have discomfort, swelling and patella mal trekking from a swollen plica (1st doctor prognosis). Is having the plica removed now going to save my cartilage in the long run orshould I do ice pt and wait?

I have discomfort, swelling and patella mal trekking from a swollen plica (1st doctor prognosis). Is having the plica removed now going to save my cartilage in the long run orshould I do ice pt and wait?

Plica common: Patellofemoral problems are complex -- a precise diagnosis is key. Plicae are very common in asymptomatic knees-- so be sure the plica is the problem. Ask to review all the peer reviewed literature reports of a plica causing malalignment -- unaware of any on pubmed. ...Read more

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cauliflower ear the surgeon cut along the ear crease and removed cartilage clot,then stitched up with bolsters. missed appointment bandages stuck?

 cauliflower ear the surgeon cut along the ear crease and removed cartilage clot,then stitched up with bolsters. missed appointment bandages stuck?

Return to doctor: or an urgent care center. You do not want the surgical site to get infected. If the bandages are not changed properly that is a possibility. Sounds like the surgery went well. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Is snapping and popping in the joint normal after having cartilage removed under the kneecap? I just had arthroscopic knee surgery. Some are painful

Is snapping and popping in the joint normal after having cartilage removed under the kneecap? I just had arthroscopic knee surgery. Some are painful

The surgery was to-: -smooth the ragged portions of the cartilage under the patellar surface, but it can never be as good as new. Give it time to settle down, in 6-8 weeks you will have a better idea as to if it helped or not. ...Read more

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Why is my knee and leg so tired from walking I just had knee surgery and the surgeon removed 15 to25 pieces of torn cartilage behind the kneecap.

Why is my knee and leg so tired from walking I just had knee surgery and the surgeon removed 15 to25 pieces of torn cartilage behind the kneecap.

Followup: Would followup with your surgeon to discuss. It may just be a normal part of your recovery. Physical therapy may be of some benefit. Your surgeon would best know if you are making appropriate recovery or not. ...Read more

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Cartilage ear piercing app. 4mths ago. Symptoms:Green pus, redness, heat, pain, and swelling. Removed earring. Symptoms still present.Antibiotics?

Cartilage ear piercing app. 4mths ago. Symptoms:Green pus, redness, heat, pain, and swelling. Removed earring. Symptoms still present.Antibiotics?

Yes...antibiotics: What you have described is a definite infection. It needs to be cleaned frequently with soap and water. Topical antibiotic's will also help. It may very well need oral antibiotics. It's possible it could even need incision and drainage. See your physician for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

Excise (Definition)

To surgically remove an organ or body part or tissue. This is done with ...Read more