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How is knee arthroscopy used to treat knee cartilage damage?

Arthroscopy allows your surgeon to see the structures within the knee joint and insert small surgical instruments to alter damaged areas of cartilage. One of the most common uses for arthroscopy is to treat tears in the cartilage caused by trauma to the knee. 

Trauma to the knee can tear the meniscus, a long piece of cartilage that is necessary for the knee to move smoothly. Arthroscopy can allow these damaged pieces of cartilage to be reattached to the bones of the knee or removed. 

Some surgeons will use knee arthroscopy to place transplanted cartilage in the knee or attempt therapies that can lead to cartilage regrowth.

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