Weight-bearing cartilage Is attached to the ends of your bones. Traumatic injuries can cause a small area of damage in otherwise excellent cartilage.
There are procedures that transplant one or more small plugs of cartilage from a low demand area of your knee.
Another method is to implant living cartilage from a donor. These both have a high success rate. An MRI can identify localized cartilage damage that is repairable by this technique.
Dr. Walker Wynkoop, MD, is a resident of Los Banos, and a Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon with 30 years of experience. He serves at Memorial Hospital and Rural Health Clinic working about 20 days a month. His email is DOC@WYNMD.com.