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Kneecap Surgery: Cartilage Removal


 

Welcome to our health education library. The information shared below is provided to you as an educational and informational source only and is not intended to replace a medical examination or consultation, or medical advice given to you by a physician or medical professional.

Surgery may be used when pain severely limits your activities. Or it may be done when a rehab program just isn't helping enough. Some procedures may be done using arthroscopy. This method uses tiny incisions and special instruments to look and work inside the knee joint. Other procedures require open surgery.

Cartilage Removal

Damaged cartilage is removed from the back of the kneecap or from the groove in the thighbone. This is often done using arthroscopy.

Debriding

This removes damaged cartilage. This creates a smoother surface between the kneecap and thighbone.

Burring

This is done when the cartilage is worn down to the bone. Burring into the bone reaches the blood supply. This makes a new fibrous covering grow.

Recovering from Surgery

As you recover, you can aid the healing process by taking it easy at first. Your knee may be bandaged, wrapped, or iced to keep swelling down. You may be given a brace to protect your knee. This helps improve your range of motion and speed healing. Keep your leg raised above your heart so fluid can drain away and swelling is reduced. Surgery is often followed by a rehabilitation program.

 

Contact Wisconsin River Orthopaedic Institute at 715.201.3624 for your orthopaedic needs. For your convenience, you can fill out our online Request an Appointment form to book your consultation.

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140 24th Street South
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
Phone: 715-201-3624
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