Kneecap Surgery: Cartilage Removal
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.
Damaged cartilage is removed from the back of the kneecap or from the groove
in the thighbone. This is often done using arthroscopy.
This removes damaged cartilage. This creates a smoother surface between
the kneecap and thighbone.
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.