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Mosaicplasty

What is Mosaicplasty?

Weight-bearing joints, such as the knee, may develop defects in the articular cartilage (spongy tissue that lines and cushions joints during movement) due to stress, trauma or degenerative disease. This can lead to pain, swelling or locking at the joint. Mosaicplasty is a surgical technique to repair the defect by transplanting healthy bone and cartilage from non-weight bearing areas of the knee. It is indicated to treat small cartilage defects of less than 2 cm in young active adults less than 45 years of age.

Surgical Procedure

The surgery is performed under the following steps:

Recovery after Surgery

Following the surgery, your doctor will prescribe pain medication to keep you comfortable and advise you on limiting or avoiding weight-bearing on your operated leg with the help of crutches. Physical therapy will be introduced to improve range of motion. You will be able to resume your normal activities in 2 to 4 months.

As with all surgical procedures, mosaicplasty may be associated with certain complications such as infection, bleeding, and locking of the joint.

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