Microfracture Surgery

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.

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How is surgery performed?

During the procedure, the surgeon creates tiny fractures or holes in the bone underneath the cartilage using a small, sharp pick. These holes allow blood to flow into them and form a clot. In time, the clot turns into new cartilage.

Is microfracture surgery covered by insurance?

To find out if your insurance plan covers this procedure, please call us at 310.416.9700.

How quickly can I get back to my regular routine after surgery?

The recovery period depends on which joint was repaired. In the case of knee microfracture surgery, you will keep weight off of your knee for 6 to 8 weeks to ensure the new cartilage will grow. Your doctor will tell you what to expect after other forms of microfracture surgery.

Are there any side effects to microfracture surgery?

Microfracture surgery is a safe procedure with minimal risks. Complications such as infection, blood clots and swelling are very rare.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact West Coast Orthopedics today.

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