Microfracture procedures to the knee there are two types of cartilage in the knee meniscus and articular one type of cartilage is the meniscus the knee has a medial meniscus and a lateral meniscus which together are called menisci menisci are semi lunar wedges that sit between the femur thigh bone and tibia shin bone the menisci are primarily composed of fibrocartilage with about 75 . Much of the success of microfracture surgery for articular cartilage lesions in the knee depends on what happens after the surgery is over progressive controlled loading of the repaired joint is the key to safe and effective rehabilitation. The rehab protocol is slow and methodical for good reason the healing of that pothole is 1 factor related to a healthy knee 6 months after the surgery as for the outcome it ranges greatly based on the size of the athlete the extent of the lesion and the length of time since the initial injury. Microfracture surgery is very common for athletes especially at the college and professional levels due to the physically demanding nature of their careers damaged cartilage in athletes is no surprise due to the amount of stress placed on the knee joint
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