for my “exploratory surgery and meniscus trim”. Have to be able to differentiate between pain from the procedure and recovery, and pain from over exerting while training/rehab. Articular cartilage injuries can occur from either an acute traumatic event or from chronic degeneration.1 Acute traumatic injuries producing cartilage lesions are most often seen in a younger athletic population, while chronic degenerative lesions most often occur in older individuals. Unlike the normal cartilage of the knee joint, called hyaline cartilage, microfracture stimulates the growth of fibrocartilage. Michael Shaffer PT, ATC, OCS, is the Coordinator for Sports Rehabilitation at the Institute for Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Iowa. My initial recovery and rehab were slow from this comparatively(remember, I’m old) ! Arthroscopic second-generation autologous chondrocyte implantation compared with microfracture for chondral lesions of the knee: prospective nonrandomized study at 5 years. CPO But for now, it is very questionable. Progressive, controlled loading of the repaired joint is the key to safe and effective rehabilitation. Dr. Richard Steadman, who pioneered the surgery, found that 76% of the NFL players in whom he performed microfracture returned to play the following season. Therapist said this was normal. Outerbridge classification defines these as normal cartilage (grade 0), softening (grade 1), fibrillations (grade 2), fissuring (grade 3), and exposed subchondral bone (stage 4).2 Articular cartilage injuries resulting in full thickness defects to the subchondral bone have been shown to have poor healing without surgical intervention.3-5 As surgical technology has evolved, new techniques to address chondral defects have appeared. Before you go to the hospital for surgery, set up your home to make your recovery and life easier when you come back. Sequentially, the patient progresses from bilateral axillary crutches to a contralateral axillary crutch and finally to full weight bearing without the use of an assistive device. It sucks because before I had the locked knee, I was doing crossfit (while wearing a knee brace) and my knee seemed to be strong. and doc said to not concern myself with the other direction, even though I can get my heel three inches from my butt. I can get strong and regain muscles, but I can’t make the cartilage heal faster. Buckwalter JA. Because the success of this procedure relies on the formation of a blood clot at the site of the defect, protection of the clot is paramount during this early time frame. At the time of my surgery, there were three options. Microfracture should not follow previous surgical techniques used to repair the cartilage lesion. So fast forward to now surgery in Feb 14. So I signed a consent form in his office for only chondroplasty with the understanding I could do MF later if this did not work. And if you ask me, I would consider all of these commenters “older patients”. Straighten the knee you have had surgery on by tightening the thigh muscles. Cartilage. Rehabilitation of athletes following microfracture requires knowledge of the goals of the procedure and patience on the part of the athlete and the rehabilitation specialist. I had done a lot of rehab immediately after tearing my ACL in 2011. by Steve on January 29, 2008 in Microfracture Surgery • 4 Comments. I would run 5 miles 4 days a week no problem and play soccer but something times even with a brace it would buckle. We work on core exercises and balance stuff because she says the surgery cut neuroreceptors. I am taking Flex-a-min, glucosamine, can only help. Working as a dentist, I am on and off my feet a lot. What's Your Specialty These perforations are separated by 2 to 4 mm. Gradually the athlete is permitted to change direction, and sequentially take part in drills involving jumping, and finally contact with an opponent. I am just past a year out of my surgery and sadly to say I am worse that what I was before the surgery. I’m still holding out that this pain is from still-exposed nerves and unhealed bone. As with many I went into arthroscopic knee surgery about about 12 days ago thinking that I would be having only a partial meniscectomy (medial, left knee). Now I’m straightening my knee on the couch. POST-OPERATIVE CARE: The key to a good result from a microfracture is staying off the leg for six to eight weeks following the microfracture surgery. MICROFRACTURE PROTOCOL The following protocol should be used as a guideline for rehabilitation progression, but may need to be altered pending the nature and extent of the surgical procedure, healing restraints or patient tolerance. I haven’t been able to walk DOWN stairs normally since 6/2013…. Tonight i had a episode of the buckling, and now there is sharp stabbing pains in my knee that feels like someone is driving a steak knife thru it. How to limit weight on the area of the microfracture depends on the location of the injury. Surgical management of articular cartilage defects of the knee. Well, add another horror story to the list. Especially the stuff Dr. Steadman said. My biggest pain is in the area where they drilled and specially when I straighten my leg. I informed myself very well before surgery and took 4 months to decide against microfracture surgery due to several factors … I told the doc I felt I was not a candidate for MF due to the intense therapy protocol and that I was not willing to give up that amount of time out of my life (reading is was a 6 month therapy period), and also needed to be able to take care of my 80 year old mom. I’m worried about how long it is taking for my leg to straighten out. It made sense to me that I had pain behind behind the knee. I’m resorting to following some guidelines from the Steadman Protocol, which my Physio also reads to me, and although my Physio recommended Hydro Therapy a fortnight ago, no such service has been forthcoming. This is accomplished by gradually introducing the athlete into partial practices or team conditioning drills. Iwould give anything to just go back to the discomfort I had prior to surgery! I had an MRI which showed a torn meniscus Gomoll AH, Farr J, Gillogly SD, et al. I had microfracture done on my ankle 3 years ago, and I am NOT a big fan of because of the increase in pain, however, I have found no valid alternative to date. It took a wile to strengthen with yoga, weights and swimming as well as losing some weight but it is better. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 1998;28(4):192-202. http://www.healio.com/orthopedics/knee/news/print/orthopedics-today/%7B035af345-dade-458b-bc76-513f33028d34%7D/microfracture-success-depends-not-only-on-the-operation-but-rehabilitation-as-well. Reports in the literature are variable, but about 80% of patients find improvement in their symptoms. The title is ” Microfracture success depends not only on the operation but rehabilitation as well”. Unstable platform bilateral squatting. 15. When I first read the comments section it seemed negative and uninformed. Havent even thought about crossfit as of yet, and havent played basketball. If I put too much weight on my leg, I do get some shooting pains. My IT band and hamstring on the bad leg are both really tight. Most of the posts and other sites i have read seem to be of a negative nature..my fingers are firmly crossed that ill repair quickly and be back at work soon… After the surgery I was informed I had indeed had the partial menisectomy, but also chondroplasty and microfracture for a focal articular cartilage injury. I’m a running junkie. This time, I didn’t hesitate to complete the ACL reconstruction, as I knew my knee would get much weaker and the recovery would be harder too. I will also seek a second opinion from another OS very soon. Microfracture for the treatment of cartilage defects in the knee joint - A golden standard? Mo more pain in ankle almost immediately after finishing the series. This is normally after 2-4 hours after surgery. This takes a long time to heal and may leave nerve ending exposed that need to be healed over…thus more pain. I had arthro for a torn meniscus, and while in there, my doc found floating cartliage requring microfracture. Some days very difficult to walk around. Cant walk steps, very hard to squat., very hard to climb ladder. This technique was first developed in the 1980’s by Dr. Richard Steadman. My knee was not in terrible pain but really throbbed and was very hot at the end of the day. Microfracture is a surgical technique used to repair damaged articular cartilage by making multiple small holes in the surface of the joint, which stimulates a healing response. Labels: Gel Injections in knee, hyaluronate, knee microfracture surgery, Knee Surgery, Microfracture recovery, Supartz. Panzer VP, Wood GA, Bates BT, Mason BR. i am 6 months out of micro fracture and the results are what my doc and i expected… It does not have a blood supply that brings nutrients to the cartilage cells. The passages I have read here are like me telling my own story. Lower extremity loads in landings of elite gymnasts. Which makes sense my ACL is torn I piveting at a fast pace its going to pop out, this would go on for about a year. Mine is directly in the middle, in the “grove” for the knee cap.Im ok to bear weight as tolerated.And Im tolerating a bit!! After surgery, you will wake in the recovery … I’m 49 (ouch). However, Oct 30 2013, that all changed when he decided in the operating room to do the MF surgery anyway. Impatiently waiting for this to heal!!!!!! I am now on closing in on 5 weeks of non-weightbearing therapy and I remain cautiously optomistic. I did not do it! I just had surgery to remove a plate from an osteotomy I had 2 years ago. Most patients with a 1 to 2 centimeter area of damage require 5 to 15 small holes in the bone. I was given some pain meds, and they help a little bit but I cannot get comfortable to fall asleep. My knee is now catching popping hurting chronically. My pt says my mantra should be “slow and steady”. This bleeding creates a clot that will develop into the new fibrocartilage base.5,8, Appropriate candidates for microfracture surgery have been defined as young individuals with isolated lesions, no degenerative changes, and normal knee alignment. and possibly some arthritis. I recommend it. I’m 48 years old, I used to say 48 years young but thats changed. I found this site and forum and almost wanted to cry. Also a sandy/gritty/gnawing” feeling. Surgical techniques fall into several broad categories:  marrow stimulation, grafting, and autologous chondrocyte implantation (ACI). As so many ahead of me reported, I woke up with the news that I had lost a lot of cartilage in my trochlear groove and they had to microfracture the area. By performing too much activity following surgery, the effects of microfracture may be diminished, and the cartilage healing that takes placed may not be adequate. Lol. she took five minutes to tell me i should use crutches for a bout two weeks but would be ok to partially weightbare…with that i was out the door and on my way home.. Now at almost 5 months I am playing in college. The normal articular cartilage does not heal in this area, but the body can create a healing response of a different type of cartilage called fibrocartilage. Hi all im a 52 year old man living in New Zealand. The use of the CPM has not been shown to be any better than range-of-motion exercises, but some surgeons will still elect to use the machine. For months afterward, up to 7-10 months afterward, my knee would burn when I would do squats bearing additional weight. Its very upsetting. Microfractures are extremely traumatic, so there’s going to be pain. Thank you, {{form.email}}, for signing up. They did an MRI and it showed 2 cysts behind my knee, and a torn meniscus. Emphasis on the important to acquire Range of Motion then moderate into weightbearing. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the pain subsides with time. The rehab is so hard when you have a house and family to look after which was frustrating at times. Now, years later, microfracture has shown to be very successful with a relatively short recovery time line. Unfortunately, that’s not happening… the knee is too weak, the pain is too intense. I am over ONE YEAR out from my MF (2/2013). I can turn and bend my leg on a patient table just fine, but when there is anyweight bearing (stairs) then that is when my leg feels like it is stuck when I try to bend. While waiting 2 years for surgery in Canada, I managed to tear my meniscus and articular cartilage while on vacation, leaving my knee locked in a bent position for four weeks. He served as assistant team physician to Chivas USA (Major League Soccer) and the United States men's and women's national soccer teams. I do my PT but its all really simple stuff for now, like bike no weight and little exercises a 90 year old grandma can do. those first six weeks of non weight bearing is imperative to the recovery cycle, after that moderation is the key to recovery. I was also instructed to begin PT the following week. Articular cartilage: injuries and potential for healing. At my 4 week follow up I expressed my disgust. I would say this hasn’t worked for me. I wish you the best of luck and hope this helps (and that I’m not too old). I came out of meniscus surgery and was told that the surgeon had to microfracture my femur (trochlear) after discovering a large cartilage tear. Started therapy 3rd week. In order for microfracture surgery to be effective, the rehabilitation that follows must be performed as instructed. In the ankle, post-op (couldn’t walk at all for 3 1/2 months) had much more stability than prior to surgery, but extreme increased pain. I can feel that my knee is much stronger than even before the complete tear this time. I was in the best shape of my life prior to this surgery. Med Sci Sports Exerc 2008;40(2):200-205. 2 of 2 Lions running back Reggie Bush is one athlete who has made a successful recovery from microfracture surgery. A tiny awl is used to create the lesions in the bone from which the stem cells are emitted as part of the clotting process. Done good. When the microfracture is on the kneecap (patella) or within the groove for the patella (trochlea), knee motion must be limited because bending the knee will cause compression on this area. Your doctor will explain the location of your lesion so that you know which of the following programs to follow. 14. My post op appt the PA i saw gave me a new knee brace w hinges on the sides and said things should get better once i strenghten my knee. The ugly reality is be it trauma or age none of us will ever be 100% again. Of course this left my right leg extremely weak, but I do think it gave my knee a pretty good opportunity to heal. I had meniscus removal, bucket tear to medial meniscus & microfracture to trochlear, groove on femur that patella rides on during flexion. I will try aquatic techniques first to ease into it, and I will not put my crutches away until I’m convinced my knee can handle the load of walking. yep i have that same shooting pain once in a while and I can hardly walk. Normally when tissues within the body are injured, it is the blood supply that delivers the critical nutrients to heal that injury. I’m still on crutches(have to do 8 weeks). These other options include autologous chondrocyte implantation (ACI) and osteochondral autograft transplantation (OATS). In general, no procedure has been shown to have superior results to another, and since the risks and costs of microfracture are significantly less, and the rehab much easier, microfracture is generally considered the first-line treatment. I’m really surprised to see so many people that were weight bearing so soon after surgery. Operartive Tech Orthop 1997;7(4):300-304. I was supposed to walk out of the office but instead on crutches for two weeks. I was really never given the info on how difficult that recovery would be. In the last 20 years orthopedic surgery has made many advances. Consult PT about exercises you can do pre-surgery and ask all the questions you want to know. The technique was frequently used in athletes after they injured their joints. I had my 4th knee operation on Tuesday May 2013 in Syracuse, NY. I was on crutches six weeks toe touch weight bearing. Microfracture, drilling, and abrasion arthroplasty are considered marrow stimulation techniques, whereas grafting includes both osteoarticular transfer system (OATS) and mosaicplasty. I appreciate any advice or feedback you can provide. Microfracture surgery can be an effective treatment for people who have sustained cartilage injuries. The second phase of rehabilitation is marked by the gradual addition of weight bearing forces. At the 2 week Post Op the surgeon very briefly muttered something about a possible need for a cartilage replacement and his PA drained 75 cc’s of blood filled fluid out of my knee! Tips for Faster Recovery from Meniscus Repair Surgery Movement – According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, your doctor will prescribe rehabilitation exercises after an initial healing period to help restore mobility and strength in your knee. I was instructed to use crutches for ONE DAY! Do your research and PT and feel your body out. It made me bear through the discomfort and get used to having my leg straight . At pre-op on 10/3/13 no problem you’ll be on a bike tomorrow and skiing by Christmas. I am thoroughly disgusted at the lack of communication and understanding on my part about the procedure. My PT tells me rehab is taking so long due to the fact that my leg was locked and my muscles were tightened/atrophied during that time. Hurst JM, Steadman JR, O’Brien L, et al. I returned to practicing BJJ around 5 months afterward focusing on getting back into shape and not rolling hard. The brace & crutches are gone, the cane is in the trunk of the car and the limp and ability to climb stairs ebbs and flows not only day by day but also from morning to night. I am still having some pain and stiffness after a day at work as an electrician. Hope you’re doing well. The athletes are not allowed to put any weight on the injured leg for 6 to 12 weeks. I had a gut feeling that it was going to be worse than just a repair, but nothing was discussed about a possibility of a microfracture procedure. Sharp pain when I walked, climbed stairs, just general things. Ankle Arthroscopy with Microfracture Precautions: The patient will be splinted to restrict ROM. Various authors cite ranges of non-weightbearing from one week to three months after microfracture surgery to the talus. Two and a half months ago I had acl/miniskus/large microfracture. Once in surgery, there were several major tears (which treatment was not discussed regarding considering no tears were suspected) and microfracture was done. The location of your lesion and microfracture will determine your rehabilitation schedule. My OS said that the microfracture operation would give me 10 more years of activity before the replacement. Rehabilitation following microfracture for chondral injury in the knee. All is well. I am currently waiting to see the surgeon again. 4. If the patient lives at a distance or for some other reason has not already picked up this brace, the brace is typically dispensed at the six-week post-operative visit with the surgeon. Please. Good luck with your road to finding your old athletic self. So how was I to know that THIS would be done! The use of a machine to bend the knee (called a continuous passive motion or CPM machine) is recommended for 6-8 hours per day for 6 weeks after surgery. I have to limit myself in conditioning a lot and I am not up to the level of play I was at before. As a solution to my knee problems I had microfracture Nov 2011 my recovery was good for a while , Feb , and March I had been able to get back in to spinning, and was progressing back to my 20 k. Then it just started to get more and more iritable til my physio said that we would have to go to stepups on a phone book, how lame even that was too iritable. X a week and doing excersises every day at home. Recovery from microfracture surgery can take up to a year, but the Warriors say Bogut’s operation was a minor microfracture procedure. In summary, microfracture and the rehabilitation following this surgical procedure remain relatively new. The final phase of rehabilitation is return to activity. Are you kidding me?!! You are paying them to help you. Microfracture surgery is a treatment option for people who have cartilage damage within a joint. Marder RA, Hopkins G Jr, Timmerman LA. It is also crucial during this first phase of rehabilitation to maximize lower extremity strength and quadriceps function in particular. 1 of 3 Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney  is believed to be a good candidate for the microfracture surgery. So for all you guys I am now feeling positive and have hope but I know I will never be the same and wonder what my future holds but you certainly appreciate things a lot more when you’ve been through the longest and hardest rehab ever. I have no had 2 surgeries on my left knee to repair a meniscus tear both times. Running is out for another 6 months. Some say then you should wear an off loader brace for some period. Knee microfracture is used for potholes in the cartilage. Not a single quick step. Some surgeons will elect to use a CPM, or a motion machine, to help patients move their knee early on after microfracture surgery. Outerbridge RE, Dunlop JA. Outcomes of microfracture for traumatic chondral defects of the knee: average 11-year follow-up. Arthroscopic microfracture of chondral defects of the knee: a comparison of two postoperative treatments. Without having this type of blood flow, articular cartilage injuries generally do not heal themselves. Range-of-motion is usually initiated early on after surgery. However, if the area of microfracture treatment is on the kneecap or within its groove, then motion will be limited for several weeks. This hip replacement procedure provides recovery and return-to-lifestyle benefits that may not be as easily obtained with other surgical approaches for hip replacement. Of course this left my right leg extremely weak, but I do think it gave my knee a pretty good opportunity to heal. The first 2 ACL reconstructions, I had buckling that felt like my leg was going to separate. Figure 1. Microfracture surgery anyone had it? Finally going for a second opinion. Timeline and Progression of Activity after Surgery *Different recovery timelines exist for varying degrees of injury and can change according to … i am amazed to read so many micro fracture related blogs… I actually learned a few things from reading your article – thak you so much for sharing your passion and knowledge! Wilk KE, Macrina LC, Reinold MM. You only get one body. Short term results looked promising, though the results often deteriorated over time. After reading all these comments/stories, I’m at a loss with regard to what I should be doing! I haven’t had pain since 8 days post operation. How to limit weight on the area of the microfracture depends on the location of the injury. I’ve been down this road before and have partially torn after two months after my first ACL replacement. Among the different surgical techniques available to address the articular cartilage of the knee, microfracture is generally considered to be the least invasive.6,7 Use of this surgical technique does not affect the surrounding anatomy of the knee, so that other techniques, such as grafting, could still be attempted should microfracture fail. I will never go to another group! A positive clinical exam includes mechanical symptoms of clicking, popping, catching, effusion and warmth. Surgery to treat an open talus fracture often involves much more than lining up the broken pieces of bone. I too, wish I had better educated myself. Please don’t panic when you hear the fluid squelching when you start to bend your knee a few days after surgery like I did. Surgery requires “open knee” meaning cut the patella-femoral tendon. I go walking a lot and had just joined a gym, 5wks later after tremendous pain and swelling I finally had an arthroscopy and was told I had 2 large meniscus tears and grade 4 arthritis. 9. I know I can walk and trust me I have tried with minimal pain but I rather it just heal. The number of microfracture holes created depends on the size of the lesion being treated. 1. Biomechanics XI-B. Waiting will only cause tears to be worse (as they will continue to catch and tear deeper) and a torn ligament will NEVER repair itself, only cause more damage to cartilage and meniscus. I was just checking up a few things, as I am an Accredited Exercise physiologist in Australia, and have a lady im assisting post arthroscopic cartilage repair in her knee. I have been reading, should have done this before! Im barely taking pain meds, just for my PT appts.I stick to the exercises he gave me to do—-example 500 “knee bends” a day, bc that’s what promotes your cartilige growth and will help you heal quickly. 6 weeks non weight bearing???!!!! Instead patients are encouraged to perform a regular program of non weight-bearing, active assisted range of motion (ROM) activities. Why is this? 15 months out of MF and cant walk steps. In recent years, microfracture has come to the attention of the lay public as it has been successfully used on several high profile athletes. Short term results looked promising, though the results often deteriorated over time. A great doctor and communication can make all the difference in the world. I started running about 2 miles a day and eventually it got better and went back to playing soccer…UNTIL random one day playing soccer it buckles and back to swelling, limping etc. One for the 2nd week. In June I could not even walk down gingerly a 5cm high stair. 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