I have been experiencing knee pain, stiffness, locking for about a month. I saw the doctor yesterday and after xrays and mri they found a chondral flap on the nwb surface of med. fem condyle. I am at the point where my quality of life is greatly affected by pain, swelling and fluid. What is the best course of treatment for this type of injury? Will it heal on its own or is surgery the way to go?
I am doubtful this will heal on its own, but one could try a coure of protected weight bearing with crutches, followed by physical therapy. If this were unsuccessful, surgical options include, simple debridement (chondroplasty), microfracture revascularization, osteochondral plugs, or autologous cartilage replacement using cartilage grown from your own cells. You should have a thorough discussion with your orthopedist with regards to which is best for you.
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