Knee Cartilage Transplant
What to Expect During a Knee Cartilage Transplant:
If you are suffering from ongoing knee pain, it could possibly mean that a knee cartilage transplant should be considered. Cartilage in the knee joints suffer from wear and tear over time, and cannot heal on its own. It is responsible for much of the load bearing qualities of the knee joint and, without it, walking is painful to impossible.
Knee Cartilage Transplant Procedure
To ensure that a knee cartilage transplant is indeed the best option, a clinical investigation must first take place. Ultrasound and X-Rays will be used to locate any diminishing cartilage. In addition, an arthroscopy is performed to check once more to confirm that a transplant is the most suitable procedure.
An arthroscopy is a minimally invasive knee surgery technique. Once it has been determined that a transplant is needed, the arthroscopy will continue. Healthy cartilage cells are removed from the joint, along with a small blood sample that acts as a natural serum, allowing the cells to grow outside the body.
Recovering from a Knee Cartilage Transplant
The entire procedure for knee cartilage surgery typically involves a two day stay. During the early stages of a full recovery, expect to have slight knee pain.
The dressing is usually removed from the healing area the day after the knee surgery. About one week later, the patient should be able to lift the entire leg while lying down. At this point, it will be tempting to return to regular physical activity. Save yourself any further knee pain, and instead, fight the temptation and take the safer route. It is important that you start on crutches for up to eight weeks for an easier recovery.
Rehabilitation or physical therapy should continue on for up to three months. If this proves successful, the patient may continue their normal routine with full recovery.
Follow Up Care
Full recovery, in some cases, may take several months. Be sure to keep in touch with Dr. Madsen. By keeping him updated on your recovery, he can better recommend what to do next. By performing MRIs, scans, X-Rays and ultrasounds, the specialist can monitor the progress that the cartilage has made. Cartilage cell growth should be happening at this point.
For further inquiries, or if you’d like to set up an appointment with the top orthopedic surgeon in Dallas, Dr. Madsen contact us today!