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Torn Cartilage

Connecting the Dots on Connective Tissue

Cartilage is all over your body. As a connective tissue, it pads your joints to prevent bones from rubbing against each other. When your cartilage wears too thin, it can tear, which will bring about pain and even issues with mobility. Our specialists at miVIP Las Vegas specialize in techniques to repair torn cartilage.

It used to be that orthopedic surgery involved large incisions and an open procedure, which not only exposed patients to infection but also resulted in long recovery times. With advances in technology, we can now perform minimally invasive procedures that better serve the patient and better treat the issue.

By the Numbers

If you suffer from torn cartilage, you are one of literally millions. In fact, around 6 million people suffer from cartilage issues in the knee every year, according to the University of California San Francisco Medical Center. As the knee is just one area where cartilage can become injured, odds are there are many more people who have this condition.

Causes

There are a few things can cause you to tear your cartilage, such as:

  • Age: As you get older, your cartilage naturally become worn and deteriorates.
  • Injury: Playing sports or being involved in other recreational activities can result in an injury that tears cartilage.
  • Genetic factors: Conditions such as arthritis can lead to torn cartilage.

Symptoms of Cartilage Issues

If you have an issue with your cartilage, you might not know it at first. Many times, symptoms only manifest when you are physically active. You might notice:

  • Pain or swelling around the affected area
  • An increasing or sharp pain when you put weight on the affected joint
  • A buckling or even locked sensation in the joint

If you suspect you might have an injury, it is best to discuss your symptoms with a physician, who may recommend orthopedic surgery.

Treatment Options

When cartilage tears, it is unable to repair itself, which is why many people turn to orthopedic surgery. At miVIP Surgery Centers, our arthroscopic surgery is minimally invasive, which means you will have small incisions, less scarring and a lower risk of infection. On rare occasions, open surgery may be necessary to resolve the issue.

Prognosis

Because our method are minimally invasive, patients can expect a quicker recovery than if they undergo open surgery. After the procedure, patients will likely participate in physical therapy to increase strength and stability in the joint. When patients follow their physician’s recommendations, they see better results, including less pain and better mobility.

Contact Us Today

Our team at miVIP specializes in orthopedic surgery to correct issues such as torn cartilage. Contact our office to schedule a consultation so you can discuss your symptoms and treatment options with one of our world-class physicians. Call us at 877.956.2263.

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