Chondroplasty: A Surgical Repair For Damaged Cartilage

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Chondroplasty is a surgical procedure that is performed to repair damaged cartilage in the joints. This procedure can be done on any joint in the body, but it is most commonly done on the knee. The goal of chondroplasty is to restore the function of the joint and reduce pain.

What is Cartilage?

Cartilage is a connective tissue that is found in many parts of the body, including the joints. It is a smooth, rubbery tissue that covers the ends of bones and helps them move against each other. Cartilage also acts as a shock absorber, protecting the bones from damage.

What Causes Cartilage Damage?

Cartilage can become damaged due to injury or wear and tear over time. Athletes and people who engage in high-impact activities are at a higher risk of developing cartilage damage. Older adults are also at risk due to the natural degeneration of cartilage that occurs with age.

Chondroplasty Procedure


Before the surgery, the patient will be given anesthesia to numb the area. The surgeon will then make a small incision in the joint to access the damaged cartilage.


The surgeon will then use a variety of tools to remove the damaged cartilage and reshape the remaining cartilage. This may include using a laser or a small blade to smooth out the surface of the cartilage.


After the surgery, the patient will need to rest the joint and avoid putting weight on it for a period of time. Physical therapy may also be recommended to help restore function to the joint.

Benefits of Chondroplasty

Reduced Pain

One of the main benefits of chondroplasty is a reduction in joint pain. By repairing the damaged cartilage, the joint is able to move more smoothly, reducing friction and pain.

Improved Function

Chondroplasty can also improve the function of the joint. By restoring the cartilage, the joint is better able to absorb shock and move more freely.

Prevention of Further Damage

By repairing the damaged cartilage, chondroplasty can also help prevent further damage to the joint. This can be especially important for athletes and people who engage in high-impact activities.

Risks of Chondroplasty


As with any surgery, there is a risk of infection. Patients will be given antibiotics before and after the surgery to help prevent infection.


There is also a risk of bleeding during the surgery. Patients who take blood-thinning medications may need to stop taking them before the surgery to reduce this risk.


There is a risk of re-injury to the joint after chondroplasty. Patients will need to take steps to protect the joint and avoid high-impact activities to reduce this risk.


Chondroplasty is a surgical procedure that can be used to repair damaged cartilage in the joints. This procedure can reduce pain, improve joint function, and prevent further damage. However, as with any surgery, there are risks involved. Patients should talk to their doctor to determine if chondroplasty is the right choice for them.