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Can you remove cartilage from the knee?

Removal of cartilage from the knee is common during arthroscopy. In the past, it was thought that removing cartilage fragments from the knee in patients with chronic arthritis was necessary. New research shows that cartilage removal is most beneficial in patients with traumatic injuries leading to cartilage damage, not those with chronic pain.

Chronic conditions that lead to pain, such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout, are best treated with medications and physical therapy instead of cartilage removal.

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Can you regrow cartilage in your knee?

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Can you walk right after arthroscopic knee surgery?

* Savings estimate based on a study of more than 1 billion claims comparing self-pay (or cash pay) prices of a frequency-weighted market basket of procedures to insurer-negotiated rates for the same. Claims were collected between July 2017 and July 2019. R.Lawrence Van Horn, Arthur Laffer, Robert L.Metcalf. 2019. The Transformative Potential for Price Transparency in Healthcare: Benefits for Consumers and Providers. Health Management Policy and Innovation, Volume 4, Issue 3.

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