In a ‘microfracture’ procedure, your knee surgeon makes some small holes in the bone. By encouraging bleeding from the bone in the damaged area, a fibrocartilage covering forms. Fibrocartilage is a strong, durable type of cartilage which, whilst not as good as the original articular cartilage, can be effective at doing the same job.
Microfracture can be a useful technique for small defects but it can sometimes muddy the waters for future treatments and symptoms can reoccur within 2 years. For this reason, we are increasingly preferring the options below.
Investigations by your knee specialist will usually consist of:
- An x-ray, (although this may appear normal early on in the disease); and/or
- An MRI scan, which is more sensitive and accurate. An MRI scan will show the condition long before it is visible on x-ray
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