Removal of Damaged Cartilage Introduction
Articular cartilage is a firm rubbery tissue that covers the ends of bones. It provides a smooth gliding surface for joints and acts as a cushion between bones.
Questions For Your Doctor
1. What guidelines should I follow prior to my procedure? Will I need other tests or evaluations before the procedure?
2. What will happen if I don’t have the surgery now?
3. How long will the procedure last and will I be under anesthesia?
4. Will I have dressings, bandages, or stitches after surgery? When will they be removed?
5. Will I be given medication after surgery? What tips do you have for me to ease discomfort?
6. How long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery? Are there special instructions for eating, sleeping, or bathing?
7. Will I need to come back for appointments after the surgery?
8. When can I return to work, resume normal activity, drive, and exercise?
9. Will I have scars? Are the results permanent?
10. Will I need physical therapy?