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Articular cartilage is a firm, rubbery connective tissue that covers ends of bone and serves as a cushion between bones. Unfortunately, articular cartilage does not heal well on its own. Therefore, a technique called microfracture offers a way for the body to stimulate new cartilage growth.
In articular cartilage treatment using microfracture, a surgeon first will remove damaged cartilage. Next, he or she will drill holes in exposed bone. Doing so will trigger the body's own healing response. A fresh blood supply will reach the joint surface, carrying cells that form new cartilage.
The orthopedics departments of John C. Lincoln Hospitals invite you to watch the following interactive overview of articular cartilage treatment with microfracture.