What is microfracture surgery?
Microfracture surgery is a surgical technique to repair articular cartilage, the tissue that lines the bony surfaces of joints within the body. The procedure is minimally invasive and has a much shorter recovery time than arthroscopic surgery. It is performed most often in the knee but can also be used in the elbow, hip, ankle and other joints. In addition to preventing or slowing additional damage to the cartilage, it can delay the need for joint replacement surgery. It can also be used to treat pain due to a cartilage injury.
Up to 80% of those having this surgery experienced significant pain relief and an improvement in the ability to perform daily activities and participate in sports.