Microfracture is a surgical procedure where a tiny 'pick' is used to spike holes through damaged joint cartilage into the bone below.

This allows migration of marrow cells into the resultant clot, and facilitate new cartilage formation. The technique was first proposed by Dr Richard (Dick) Steadman, and is one of a group of procedures now referred to as 'marrow stimulation techniques'.

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Surgical cartilage repair for knee osteoarthritis

An overview of the various options available for surgical cartilage repair of the knee.

Articular cartilage repair

A short but sound overview of the issue of damage to the joint cartilage, and what can be done about it.

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From the time of onset of osteoarthritis of the knee to aged 65 - the usual age when a surgeon considers it acceptable to do a knee replacement - there are many interventions that may help to slow the progression of the joint destruction. This eBook gives an overview of these interventions.

knee arthritis interventions