What is Chondroplasty?
Chondroplasty is an outpatient arthroscopic knee procedure used to repair a small area of damaged cartilage. The damaged tissue is subsequently removed, allowing healthy cartilage to grow in its place. Performed through small incisions on the sides of the knee with the aid of a small video camera called an arthroscope, Chondroplasty is only an option in cases of mild to moderate cartilage wear.
Arthroscopic chondroplasty treatment is an arthroscopy procedure — meaning that a thin surgical instrument utilizes small incisions around your knee. The arthroscope sends the image to a television monitor, where your surgeon can see the structures of the knee in much greater detail.
During a chondroplasty, your surgeon trims and smooths roughened arthritic joint surfaces.
What is the Recovery Time of a knee arthroscopic chondroplasty?
The arthroscopy procedure typically results in a much faster Recovery time for arthroscopic chondroplasty than traditional open knee surgery. It is important to follow your orthopaedic surgeon’s instructions carefully after you return home and, if prescribed, follow your post-surgical physical therapy and prescription protocol. Please have someone available to check on you the first evening you are home.
Most patients need crutches or other assistance after arthroscopic surgery. Your surgeon will tell you when it is safe to put weight on your foot and leg. If you have any questions about bearing weight, call your surgeon.
Typically, patients are able to drive from one to three weeks after the procedure.