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Cartilage (Chondral Defects Surgery)

The most commonly performed procedures for treating chondral defects is Arthroscopic Surgery. Dr. Parikh will choose the appropriate surgical course of action based on the size of the defect as well as the location in the knee, the age and weight of the patient, the activity level of the patient and other assessments surrounding the medical condition of the knee.

Shaving (or Debridement) Surgery

During this arthroscopic surgery, Dr. Parikh will smooth the shredded or frayed articular cartilage. The smoothing and shaving away of the damaged cartilage helps to ultimately decrease friction and irritation, thus reducing the symptoms of swelling, popping, and pain.

After Surgery

Rehabilitation after knee surgery can be a lengthy process involving a limitation of activities, physical therapy and rest that will need to take place for a period of months. Specific rehabilitation will vary according to each patient's needs and you must adhere to your own protocol as established by Dr. Parikh and your physical therapist.

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