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

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In brief: Osteoarthritis

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

In brief: Osteoarthritis

When cartilage is removed you are bone on bone which is painful and will eventually need joint replacement.
Dr. Marshall Solomon
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Dr. Joel McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Bad things

It is exceedingly unlikely that all of the cartilage would be removed.
Nothing good comes from having all the cartilage removed from a joint. Unfortunately when joints degenerate the cartilage surfaces can just fall off and then become a source of continued locking and joint irritation. If conservative treatment fails and symptoms are severe enough joint replacement is the only option.

In brief: Bad things

It is exceedingly unlikely that all of the cartilage would be removed.
Nothing good comes from having all the cartilage removed from a joint. Unfortunately when joints degenerate the cartilage surfaces can just fall off and then become a source of continued locking and joint irritation. If conservative treatment fails and symptoms are severe enough joint replacement is the only option.
Dr. Joel McClurg
Dr. Joel McClurg
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