Joint Surface Damage

If, at arthroscopy, some damage is found on the joint surface (the articular cartilage), then there are various procedures which can be done depending on the severity. Articular cartilage does not naturally repair itself and procedures carried out on more minor damaged areas are aimed at removing debris and smoothing surfaces to prevent/delay further progression. In more severe cases, advanced modern techniques aim to produce an element of healing.

If the damage is minor, the surface of the cartilage may just be shaved to remove irregularities. In this case, return to normal activity will be governed by discomfort and swelling. These are not usually severe and, if you were quite fit before surgery, you could be back to normal in a few weeks.