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Located at the ends of the shinbone (tibia) and thigh (femur), knee cartilage helps the knee joint glide during movement. When cartilage becomes damaged, it can cause pain as the kneecap (patella) moves.
The goal of knee cartilage surgery is to remove damaged knee cartilage from underlying bone. A surgeon may opt to perform a microfracture, a knee cartilage surgery technique that involves drilling holes in the exposed bone, which triggers the body's own healing response. A fresh blood supply will reach the joint surface, carrying cells that form new cartilage.
Knee cartilage surgery is performed using an arthroscope — a miniaturized fiber-optic camera inserted into a small surgical incision.
The orthopedics departments of John C. Lincoln Hospitals invite you to watch the following overview of knee cartilage surgery.