Damage to cartilage in the joints is one of the major causes of pain, stiffness, swelling or loss of function in a joint. You may develop osteoarthritis due to damaged cartilage, and if left untreated, will lead to progressively worsening symptoms. Arthroscopic procedures, like microfracture surgery, can aid in joint preservation at Silicon Valley Orthopaedics in California.
What is Microfracture Surgery?
There are two stages involved in microfracture surgery. Debridement is the process of removing any cartilage in the joint that is damaged. This procedure is carried out using arthroscopic surgery, which only requires two small incisions to perform. Any loose pieces of cartilage in the joint, referred to as “loose bodies,” are removed to prevent further damage and discomfort.
The next stage of cartilage microfracture surgery involves creating microfractures in targeted areas of the bone below the cartilage. This process stimulates the body’s natural healing mechanisms, resulting in the production of healthy cartilage cells. These cells will then help to repair damage.
Microfracture surgery has limited applications and is typically suited to patients who are experiencing minor cartilage damage. If you have a fair degree of healthy cartilage surrounding the affected joint, microfracture surgery may be an appropriate treatment option.
Dr. Nic Gay and Dr. Masi Reynolds can use microfracture surgery in combination with other joint preservation treatments at Silicon Valley Orthopaedics. The key to success is identifying the individualized approach to joint preservation that is most likely to deliver pain relief, improved joint function and slow down the progression of wear and tear.
If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of microfracture surgery and other joint preservation treatments at Silicon Valley Orthopaedics, book a consultation today. Dr. Nic Gay and Dr. Masi Reynolds are committed to providing effective and affordable joint preservation treatments in California.