Abrasion Arthroplasty Joint Preservation
Cartilage is crucial for smooth and effective joint function. Cartilage is a rubbery covering over the connecting bones in a joint. When cartilage becomes worn or torn, the jagged edges can cause inflammation and pain within the joint. One type of joint preservation technique is minimally-invasive abrasion arthroplasty, which can restore a smoother cartilage surface on the bone. At Jonathan Glashow, MD, Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine, we offer advanced options in abrasion arthroplasty joint preservation at our medical facility in New York City.
Injury, wear/tear and other factors can impact the health of bone cartilage in joints. When the cartilage is no longer smooth but is torn or jagged on the edges, it can impact the movement of the joint. The friction from uneven areas in the joint cartilage can cause a catching or rubbing sensation. Individuals with damaged cartilage can experience swelling and pain in the joints. Removing cartilage fragments and smoothing the surface can reduce pain and improve joint mobility.
Minimally-Invasive Cartilage Repair
Arthroplasty refers to surgery to repair or replace joints. Abrasion arthroplasty can be an option to preserve joint function without replacing the joint. In this procedure, endoscopic techniques are used to access the damaged cartilage. A small incision is all that is needed to enter the joint using an arthroscope and precise tools. High-speed burrs are used to remove damaged cartilage and reshape it for better joint function. The procedure can also stimulate healing, extending the use and lifespan of the joint. Abrasion arthroplasty can be performed as an outpatient procedure, and recovery is quick from this minimally-invasive surgery.
Dr. Glashow and our orthopedic team are dedicated to providing the best options available for improving joint health and relieving pain for patients. If you suffer from joint pain, due to arthritis or damage to the joint/cartilage, contact our clinic on the Upper East Side of NYC. We offer joint preservation techniques like abrasion arthroplasty for pain relief and increased joint function.