About Articular Cartilage Injuries

Healthy articular cartilage in your joints makes it easier to move by allowing the bones to glide over each other with very little friction. If you suffer an injury to the joint, such as a meniscal or ligament tear, it’s likely you also have articular cartilage damage. Damage can also occur with normal wear and tear on joints. If you have articular cartilage damage, depending on the severity of your injury and your activity level, you may require articular cartilage restoration surgery to regain full function of your joint. Our orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine providers work with you on developing a specialized treatment plan with your goals in mind with a team dedicated to helping you every step of the way.

Articular Cartilage Restoration Surgery at UT Health Austin

Upon evaluation of your joint, including imaging, your medical provider will discuss whether surgical or nonsurgical treatment is the best route depending on your goals and activity level. There are a variety of different surgical approaches to restore articular cartilage many of which are conducted arthroscopically using minimally invasive incisions. Your care team will walk you through the risks and benefits as well as what to expect from the procedure and recovery process. Post-surgery most patients experience a reduction in pain and improvement in function with rehabilitation.

About the Sports and Injury Clinic

The UT Health Austin Musculoskeletal Institute Sports and Injury Clinic includes experts in hip and knee orthopedic surgeons, sports medicine specialists, physiatrists, physical therapists, chiropractors, nurse practitioners, dietitians, and social workers. This team enables us to provide the right care for the right patient at the right time. For some patients, nonsurgical interventions such as lifestyle modifications, physical therapy, medication and injections can help improve pain and function, while surgery may be the best course of action for others. Whatever your needs, our team is here to listen and work with you to develop a treatment plan that is right for you.