Cartilage Damage

Articular cartilage is the strong but flexible tissue covering the ends of bones inside your joints. Acting like a thin shock absorber, it enables the joints to move with little friction. 
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Damage to cartilage can occur from trauma, such as a blow to the knee or a car accident, or from degeneration (joint wear and tear). It also can occur in the form of a cartilage tear. The result of this damage is joint pain and difficulty moving your joint.

Our Approach

M Health Fairview orthopedic surgeons offer leading restoration of damaged and diseased cartilage. Not only do our orthopedic specialists use improved ways to image diseased cartilage, but they also offer innovative repair techniques. Our orthopedic surgeons are highly experienced with osteoarticular allografts, autologous chondrocyte implantation and meniscal transplantation. Thanks to our physicians' expertise, we are a destination for patients from around the Midwest.

Treatments, Tests, and Procedures

Joint Surgery

Joints are subject to great stress as they bear weight and enable us to move freely. If it becomes necessary, surgeons can repair many joints in the body, including hips, knees, etc. Joint surgery can reduce pain, swelling, and stiffness that limit mobility and interfere with everyday life.
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Spinal Surgery

Traditional spine surgery consists of using bone grafts to fuse adjacent vertebrae, stabilizing your spine and providing relief from your pain. In the process, however, you may lose some range of motion. New artificial disks may enable you to maintain your range of motion.
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Tommy John Elbow Reconstruction

Tears to a ligament can't simply be stitched together. A surgical reconstruction is needed to repair your UCL. To do that, our surgeons replace your torn ligament with a tissue graft, often a tendon from your own body, to promote new ligament tissue growth.
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Arthroscopic Surgery

Arthroscopy is a frequently used procedure by orthopedic surgeons to examine, diagnose, and treat disorders inside a joint. Arthroscopic surgery is an option for a number of medical conditions, including: achilles tendonitis, arthritis, bone fracture, heel spur, herniated disc, and more.
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Foot and Ankle Surgery

Foot and ankle problems can be painful and affect our gait, our balance, and our mobility. A wide variety of surgeries can correct genetic disorders, injuries, or simple wear and tear. Many of surgeries can be performed laparoscopically, reducing your pain and recovery time.
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Hand, Wrist, and Elbow Surgery

There are a wide range of injuries, disorders and joint conditions that can affect hands, wrists, and elbows of you or your child. These might be due to sports injuries, one of several forms of arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and more.
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Casting, Bracing, and Splinting

Injuries to bones often require immobilization through a cast, brace, or splint. Other reasons include genetic disorders, such as scoliosis, as well as surgeriews where an intervention is required in order for the affected area to heal properly.
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There may be other treatments, test, and procedures for this diagnosis, including:

  • Articular Cartilage Restoration

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