This procedure is used for repairing a small area of the knee’s damaged cartilage. The basic idea behind the surgery is to remove the affected tissue so as to allow the healthy cartilage to grow in the damaged area. Chondroplasty is a choice when the wearing of the cartilage is mild.
Arthroscopic chondroplasty is completed with arthroscopy, which involves inserting thin surgical tools in small cuts around the knee. Then, the arthroscope sends the image to a monitor, so the surgeon can see the structure of the knee and the condition in proper detail. During chondroplasty, the surgeon trims and smooths the roughened surfaces of the arthritic joint.
In comparison to the traditional open knee surgery, arthroscopic chondroplasty is a faster in terms of recovery time. Still, it is important for the patient to follow the instructions of the surgeon to ensure timely and effective recovery. Initially, most patients require crutches or other forms of assistance. The surgeon will analyse and tell when it is safe to put weight on the foot and leg. A typical patient needs around one to three weeks to recover from the procedure.