Cartilage replacement procedure for cartilage damage (chondroplasty)

Causes
Usually, accident caused injury with a strong load on the and knee joint is the cause of such early damage to the cartilage.

Symptoms
The telling symptoms are swelling conditions with the accumulation of fluid in the knee joint (“water on the knee”), in combination with load-dependent pain.

Possible therapies
Treatment is dependent on the degree of seriousness and the localization of the damage. Drilling, cartilage bone transplant, corrective surgery, and partial replacement of the joint are treatment strategies which have proven effective.
Dr Braune treats the early stages non-surgically with hyaluronic acid injections. If surgery is necessary, he uses minimally invasive arthroscopy and micro-fracturing of the affected area, in order to stimulate the formation of replacement cartilage.