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.
Little drill holes. We poke little holes in the bone to let it bleed and bring in healing blood cells that can fill in small cartilage defects with scar cartilage.

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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...

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...

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

Depends. This is dependent on a few things. If you have to drive yourself, you have to discontinue your narcotic pain medication. If your right knee is the one operated on, you must get clearance from your physician to drive. As long as school accommodates your change in weight bearing status you may return as soon as you feel ready. Read more...
Micro fracture. You should be able to return to school on crutches, nonweigtbearing, whenever you are comfortable getting about. Read more...

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...

I'm going in for micro fracture knee surgery. What if doctor finds my ACL is torn. What will he do? Will he repair it then or a different surgery time

Depends. This depends on what you and your surgeon discussed pre-op. Most likely he/she will repair your acl and your cartilage defect in the same surgery but you should be sure of this before your operation. Best of luck! Read more...
Discuss. Both can b done @ once, but u need 2 c if u r ortho is willing 2 do it. Both r done arthroscopicaly. Read more...

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...

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...
Lateral ligament. I would get an MRI to check the status of the ligament and also to make sure that the plateau fracture is adequately reduced. Read more...