David Menche M.D.
Arthroscopic Chondroplasty and Microfracture
For patients who have articular cartilage ( joint surface) damage arthroscopic procedures to smooth out the joint (arthroscopic chondroplasty) and /or procedures to obtain a new joint surface ( microfracture) may be performed .

In the procedure of arthroscopic chondroplasty unstable articular cartilage is removed and the periphery of the lesion is stabilized. This procedure is usually performed for partial thickness articular cartilage lesions.

When a patient has a full - thickness articular cartilage lesion ( lesion is down to the bone) a microfracture of the exposed bone may be performed in order to encourage bleeding on the bone and covering of the surface with fibrocartilaginous layer.