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I have a large full thickness cartilage defect at the weightbearing surface of the lateral femoral condyle measuring 12x6 mm., severe chronic appearing patellar chondrosis, intra-articular bodies and a moderate sized Baker's cyst. I am scheduled for arthroscopic surgery in 2 weeks to look at the damage and remove pieces of cartilage. Will I need another surgery after this one to correct the defect?

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Arthroscopy procedure are of two types; diagnostic only and diagnostic & therapeutic both. In your case, the second one ll be done. Usually we do require a repeat surgery after some time to address the cartilage defect (Osteochondral/ cartilage transplantation or cell based).
Rest is dependent on your treating surgeon. So I recommend you to discuss the future possible procedure & plan of action with him.
I hope my opinion will help you.
Get well soon,
Stay happy & healthy,

Patient replied :

What is the normal recovery timeline for both surgeries and will I still be able to play sports (softball) afterwards? I am a 50 year old female.

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Thanks for writing back to us.
For the first surgery, it usually take 4 to 6 weeks for recovery. It is targeted towards reducing pain & improve function.
For the later cartilage repair surgeries, it usually take longer rehabilitation time as cartilage is a slow healing tissue. It also depends upon type of repair procedure done.
I am quite sure that you ll be able to resume your sports activities but you should ask you treating surgeon about your post operative rehabilitation time.

Dr. Karun Jain
Category: Spine Surgeon
MBBS, 2002 - Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore
D.Orth, 2009- J.S.S Medical College, Mysore
MS - Orthopaedics, 2011 - University of Seychelles - American Institute of Medicine
Currently pursuing ChM (Trauma & Orthopedics) from The Royal college of Surgeons, Edinburgh & University of Edinburgh, U.K
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