That grinding or crunching feeling in your knee can’t be a good sign. In fact, this feeling is a common symptom of cartilage damage in the knee, a condition called chondromalacia. If you have been told you have damage to the cartilage of your knee, microfracture surgery may be a solution.
Dr. Ralph Venuto performs microfracture surgery to repair damaged knee cartilage. In its role as a cushion for the knee joint, cartilage in the knee is particularly prone to tears and damage, especially during high-impact sports. Dr. Venuto performs this procedure arthroscopically to minimize scarring and downtime.
Call Dr. Venuto today at 949-759-3600 or send us an email if you would like to learn more about stem cell treatment in Orange County.
Understanding of the Injury
Damage to the cartilage of the knee joint (known as articular cartilage) or the underside of the kneecap can occur in many different ways. Usually, the damage is from an acute trauma, often occurring during a sports activity. Damage can also accrue over time, or may result from long-term immobilization of the joint.
Articular cartilage damage may be an independent injury or, more often, is accompanied by injury to nearby ligaments and tendons. Articular cartilage is not self-healing, which is why surgery is necessary to repair damaged cartilage. Treatment can be very important, especially to avoid the need for more extensive surgeries in the future, such as a total or partial knee replacement.
Choosing Dr. Venuto
Here are just a few reasons why so many people choose Dr. Ralph Venuto for their care.
- Board-certified in orthopedic surgery and specializing in sports medicine and the treatment of knee and shoulder disorders.
- Uses many of the latest techniques in orthopedic care, including stem cell treatment and PRP, to help his patients heal faster and have better results.
- One of the first surgeons in the country to perform arthroscopic surgery, without adding trauma or scarring.
- Named one of the “Best Doctors in Orange County” in Orange Coast Magazine’s “The Doctor’s Doctor.”
Microfracture surgery is an option for people who have a limited amount of cartilage damage in the knee joint or on the underside of the kneecap. The best results usually are achieved for people under the age of 40 who have suffered a recent cartilage injury. Many athletes who have microfracture surgery are able to return at their prior competitive level several months after surgery, and the surgery may help patients avoid the need for a partial or total knee replacement.
This outpatient procedure is performed arthroscopically. Through a small incision on the knee, Dr. Venuto will insert the arthroscope (a small camera) and uses a pointed medical instrument called an awl to form small fractures in the bone near the damaged cartilage. These fractures encourage your body to heal itself, in the process producing a new type of cartilage that replaces the old, damaged cartilage. Surgery generally takes only 30 to 90 minutes and has a much shorter recovery time than knee replacement.
Right after surgery, physical therapy will begin, and patients must closely follow the physical therapy regimen for the best possible results. Several hours of mechanical manipulation each day for a number of weeks will be indicated, until you regain full range of motion in your knee. It is also important to avoid putting weight or pressure on the knee, which means that patients must use crutches to get around. Full recovery may take up to four months, or perhaps longer if the cartilage injury is accompanied by any other injuries or conditions within the knee. Dr. Venuto regularly evaluates new cartilage development and carefully guides his patients through the recovery process.
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Pay Attention to Early Warning Signs…
At his orthopedic practice in Newport Beach serving Costa Mesa, Irvine, and all of Orange County, Dr. Venuto sees patients almost every day who are living with various orthopedic conditions of the knee or shoulder. Paying attention to early warning signs can
help lead to earlier treatment, which itself may minimize the pain and disability associated with your condition.
Call Dr. Venuto today at 949-759-3600 or send us an email to schedule your visit.