Arthroscopic debridement is a common first choice for surgery. The goal of the surgery is to reduce inflammation, remove loose pieces, and address unstable cartilage fragments. It can be a useful procedure for patients who may not be good candidates for cartilage restoration or who would be unwilling to participate in extensive post-operative rehabilitation.
This is a minimally invasive procedure that is typically performed through two very small incisions or poke holes. A small camera is inserted and instruments are used to clean the knee while removing loose fragments of cartilage and creating a smooth surface.
Patients can bear full weight after this procedure and can return to full athletic activity in as soon as 4-6 weeks.