Medically reviewed by board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Nic Gay, MD and Dr. Kerisimasi Reynolds, MD
Percutaneous Drilling for Joint Preservation
The cartilage in your joints is not capable of self-repair. That is, if the cartilage is damaged due to injury or wear and tear, it can negatively impact joint function. Additionally, joint conditions like osteoarthritis may result, causing significant pain and discomfort for the sufferer.
In extreme cases, damage is so progressive that a joint replacement surgery becomes necessary. However, there are joint preservation treatments available, such as percutaneous drilling, that can slowly repair the damage from deterioration.
If joints are not sufficiently cushioned by cartilage, an incredible amount of force and friction is distributed across the surfaces of bones. This will result in wear and tear that progressively worsens, often leading to the development of rheumatic conditions like osteoarthritis. In order to provide pain relief and reduce inflammation, Silicon Valley Orthopaedics can remove damaged cartilage. Microfracture drilling is used as a combined treatment to stimulate healing.
Microfracture Drilling and Joint Preservation
If a joint has suffered from cartilage loss or damage, the process of microfracture drilling helps to ease pain and inflammation symptoms. If you have joint problems that are causing pain or limitations in mobility, Silicon Valley Orthopaedics may recommend microfracture drilling in combination with other conservative treatment options.
Joint preservation treatments are designed to improve your quality of life through conservative, nonsurgical or minimally invasive procedures. Dr. Nic Gay and Dr. Masi Reynolds make recommendations for joint preservation treatments, like percutaneous drilling, based on the results of a clinical examination at Silicon Valley Orthopaedics in California.
If you would like to learn more about percutaneous drilling or any of our other joint preservation treatment options, reach out to Silicon Valley Orthopaedics to arrange a consultation today. Dr. Nic Gay and Dr. Masi Reynolds are orthopedic surgeons who specialize in conservative nonsurgical and minimally-invasive joint rejuvenation.