Knee Cartilage Repair Specialist

Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC

Orthopaedic Surgeons & Orthopedic Surgeons located in Clive, IA & Ankeny, IA

A knee injury can result in permanent damage to the protective cartilage surrounding your joint. At Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC, with offices in Indianola, Ankeny, and Clive, Iowa, the experienced surgical team offers knee cartilage repair surgery to restore knee function and alleviate your pain. If you have persistent knee pain due to cartilage damage, find out if you’re a candidate for knee cartilage repair by calling the Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC office nearest you or by requesting an appointment online today.

Knee Cartilage Repair Q&A

What is knee cartilage repair?

Cartilage is a strong, flexible substance that covers the ends of the bones that make up your joints. This material is responsible for reducing friction in the joint during your movements and for absorbing the shock of your movements when you’re physically active.

Knee cartilage repair is a specialized surgery that focuses on removing damaged cartilage so you have improved joint function. The procedure may also involve a graft placement to provide stability to the area of damaged cartilage.

Why should I consider knee cartilage repair?

Your provider at Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC may recommend knee cartilage repair if you have chronic knee pain or mobility issues that don’t improve with medications or physical therapy.

Pain and mobility issues due to cartilage damage often stem from:

  • Trauma
  • Sports injuries
  • Repetitive joint use
  • Structural joint defects

The team at Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC can determine if you need knee cartilage repair surgery by examining your knee with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology. An MRI shows the severity and location of your cartilage injuries.

What can I expect during knee cartilage repair?

The surgical team at Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC performs knee cartilage repair using arthroscopic techniques.

Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that requires only small incisions around your knee joint to access your cartilage. The procedure uses a slender scope with an attached light and camera that sends real-time images of your inner knee structures to an external monitor.

Your surgeon watches the monitor during your procedure to make necessary repairs to the cartilage with a high level of precision.

When cartilage damage is severe, your Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC provider may need to use open surgical techniques that require longer incisions and a longer recovery time.

After your surgery, you can expect to need crutches to help you walk for up to eight weeks. To restore strength and function in your knee joint, your provider may start you on physical therapy soon after your procedure.

Through follow-up visits, the Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC team continues to monitor your recovery process and ensure your cartilage is healing properly.

To find out if knee cartilage repair is the right treatment for you, call the Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC office nearest you or request an appointment through the online booking system today.