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Why Do Athletes Lose Explosiveness From A Microfracture Surgery
Muscle strength loss: The many muscles involved in running and moving quickly from point "a" to point "b" are responsible for explosiveness (acceleration). Rehabilitation that is sports-specific is usally required to regain maximal functional recovery after any knee surgery, including microfracture. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Deconditioning /pain: Microfracture surgery is a way to create channels for stem cells from the near by bone marrow to fill in a defect in the surface cartilage of a joint. Its most commonly done in the knee. To improve the chance of success most patients are on crutches for 6 weeks and avoid high impact activity for 4-6 months. It takes a long time to build back up muscle strength and there can still be pain. ...Read more
I'm a college athlete and i still experience knee pain daily after 2 years since my microfracture surgery. Is this normal?
Not normal: This is definitely not normal. Your knee should be reevaluated by the orthopedist. ...Read more
I had a microfracture surgery in july and a second scope in november to clean it up. What should I do if i'm in pain again?
Low impact activity: If pain persist after micro fracture surgery, it can often mean the surgery fail to form the fibrocartilage "patch" it was intended to do. Viscosupplimentation (lubricant) injections and unloading braces, can be helpful non operative treatments. Avoiding high impact activities, jumping, running, etc. Is very important. If pain persists, other cartilage restoration procedures exist that can help. ...Read more
6 weeks no weight: Typically, we believe that the microfracture created fibrocartilage (lining that develops in place of the normal cartilage) takes 6 weeks to mature. We don't have specific studies in humans to prove this, but it is an accepted guideline. Therefore we use 6 weeks of no weight on the microfractured area, then exercises to strengthen the surrounding knee. About 50% of microfractures are successful. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Good options: Acl reconstruction at your age is a good option if you have knee instability. Only a small percentage of patients (copers) do well without surgery. Micro fracture at the same setting to address small cartilage defects is fine, but an oats procedure maybe better, where. Cartilage plugs are harvested from another area of the knee and implanted to the affected area. Check with your surgeon about it. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
usually permanent: It should be a permanent fix.Get a more detailed answer ›
Does anyone know, after microfracture surgery on the knee, how long should a person keep weight off of it?
6 weeks.: The general rule is 6 weeks of non-weight bearing. But check with your surgeon, because weight bearing protocols vary from surgeon to surgeon. ...Read more
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