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Arthroscopic Chondroplasty

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Arthroscopic Chondroplasty

Arthroscopic Chondroplasty Overview

This outpatient procedure is used to repair a small area of damaged cartilage in the knee. The damaged tissue is removed, allowing healthy cartilage to grow in its place. It is performed through small incisions on the sides of the knee with the aid of a small video camera called an arthroscope.

Preparation for arthroscopic chondroplasty

The patient is positioned so that the knee is clearly visible to the physician, and the area is cleaned and sterilized.

Accessing the knee joint

The surgeon creates two to five small incisions around the front of the knee. An arthroscopic camera is inserted through one of the incisions. The other incisions will be used as access points for other arthroscopic tools.

Surveying the joint

Fluid is pumped in to expand the joint, giving the surgeon a clear view and room to work. The surgeon uses the arthroscope to identify the problem area.

Removing the damaged cartilage

The surgeon inserts small surgical tools and carefully removes the small patch of damaged cartilage and any loose tissue.

End of the knee surgery and knee recovery

The excess fluid is drained from the knee, the instruments are removed and the incisions are closed. As the knee heals, new scar tissue cartilage will grow over the bare spot to replace the missing cartilage.

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Upper East Side New York
1150 Park avenue, , New York, NY 10128
212-858-0766
Rego Park
62-54 97th place, Suite 2C, Rego Park, NY 11374
718-313-0766
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