Articular cartilage defect 

Articular cartilage defect – articular cartilage is an essential component of a healthy knee and allows the bones to glide over each other as the knee bends and straightens. It also acts as a shock absorber, cushioning bones against each other.   

If your articular cartilage is damaged you may  experience knee pain, swelling and the joint locking.  

The treatment for damaged articular cartilage is replacement with healthy cartilage, a procedure known as cartilage replacement. The surgery is performed using knee arthroscopy and may involve microfracture, drilling, abrasion arthroplasty, autologous, chondrocyte implantation or osteochondral autograft transplantation. 

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