Who Should Have Microfracture?
Microfracture is not for every patient with a cartilage defect. Patients who have more success with microfracture for osteoarthritis and other defects are:
- Patients with a limited area of damaged cartilage.
- Active patients who are no longer able to participate in their sporting activities due to pain.
- Patients with swelling or pain caused by the damaged cartilage.
- Patients who do not have other knee injuries or soft tissue damage.
Who Should Not Have Microfracture?
- Inactive patients
- Patients with wide-spread arthritis in the knee or rheumatoid arthritis
- Patients with knee instability or with joint malalignment
- Patient’s unwilling to follow rehabilitation guidelines
What is Recovery Like After Microfracture?
It is important to follow Dr. Mazzara’s instructions for rest and non weight-bearing activities for the first 6 weeks. During that initial time, the newly formed clot is at risk of being dislodged in the patients performs too many activities or puts too much weight on the knee joint. Dr. Mazzara will require constant passive motion for the first several weeks with a special machine that bends and flexes the knee without help from the patient.
Patients should expect healing from microfracture to take anywhere from 4 to 7 months. Physical therapy can then be initiated to build strength in the joint with occasional impact activities.
For more information about microfracture for the treatment of osteoarthritis or articular cartilage defects, please contact the orthopedic offices of Dr. James Mazzara, knee surgeon in Manchester, South Windsor, Rocky Hill, Glastonbury and surrounding Hartford communities.