For low demand patients with minimal symptoms, non-operative treatment modalities like weight loss, activity modification, anti-inflammatory medications, and steroid and/or visco-supplementation injections are usually effective. These modalities may decrease the symptoms, but none of them will actually heal the defect/injury.
For younger, active patients or those who have failed non-operative treatment, surgery is often recommended. The type of surgical treatment depends upon numerous factors including patient age and activity level and expectations, the size and location of the lesion, and prior surgical treatments. Surgical options range from arthroscopic chondroplasty and debridement, to more complex, and sometimes staged, procedures like osteochondral resurfacing and chondrocyte implantation.
At Oceana Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center, Dr. Aboka performs Arthroscopic Cartilage Restoration Surgery, customized to each patient and utilizing cutting edge approaches and instrumentation, facilitating a return to an active lifestyle.