Knee Cartilage Replacement
The cartilage in the knees has a very important function. It serves as the shock absorbers of your body weight and it allows you the flexibility of movement needed to walk, skip, hop and jump. Excessive weight, sports, too much exercise and trauma to the area are just some of the reasons why some people will incur tissue damage to the area. In many cases, knee cartilage surgery becomes necessary, even knee cartilage replacement.
This is one of the most difficult surgeries to recover from. While theoretically, it seems quite easy enough to do, just as it would be easy to replace a broken or damaged car part with a new one, in reality, it is not always easy. Some surgeries involve the use of lasers. In some cases, drilling is done. It all depends on the severity of the injury and what needs to be done.
In knee cartilage replacement, knee tissue is grown in the lab and later inserted in the knee area. The difficulty lies in that many patients don’t take well to the newly grown tissue. Adherence isn’t always achieved in many cases, especially if the body rejects the new cartilage.
Also, patients need to undergo extensive physical therapy in order to regain back the lost muscle control and range of motion. This can take at least six months to a year of physical therapy, which is difficult and oftentimes painful for patients. However, it must be done if patients hope to get back their flexibility and strength. The therapy involves stretching, balancing and weight bearing exercises to help the patient adapt to the new knee cartilage.
Talk to your doctor to discuss your options thoroughly before opting for knee cartilage surgery. You may need to seek the advice of many other professionals to help you make your decision. If you will get the procedure done, go to a well trained doctor and educate yourself about the pros and cons of your decision.