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Old 10-06-2007, 12:59 AM   #1
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Default Microfracture operations. Why so many recently?

Is it just me or does it seem every knee injury these days results in microfracture surgery? Was it recently developed or has it always been around and used ot just be called a knee operation? I never heard the term till like 2003 or 2004 and now it seems every year someone major gets one.

If it is new...what kind of operation did it replace? How would they fix the problem in the past?
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Old 10-06-2007, 01:09 AM   #2
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Default Re: Microfracture operations. Why so many recently?

good question. I looked it up

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The surgery is quick (taking around 30 minutes), minimally invasive, and has significantly shorter recovery times than an arthroplasty (knee replacement). Combined with a high rate of success, these factors have caused orthopedic surgeons to use the procedure with increasing frequency.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microfracture_surgery
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Old 10-06-2007, 01:26 AM   #3
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Default Re: Microfracture operations. Why so many recently?

if it's got "shorter recovery time" which is usually a season, how long was the alternative suppose to be?
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Old 10-06-2007, 02:59 AM   #4
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Default Re: Microfracture operations. Why so many recently?

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if it's got "shorter recovery time" which is usually a season, how long was the alternative suppose to be?
According to that article, the alternative is knee replacement. Nobody's going to play NBA ball after that...



I imagine in the past, players would play as long as they could with torn cartilage in their knees, then retire.
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Old 10-06-2007, 03:21 AM   #5
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Default Re: Microfracture operations. Why so many recently?

This is like the Tommy John surgery for baseball players...
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Old 10-06-2007, 03:22 AM   #6
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Default Re: Microfracture operations. Why so many recently?

it's a new and more used diagnosis, that's why. in the past, "they" simply called it something else.
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Old 10-06-2007, 05:35 AM   #7
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Default Re: Microfracture operations. Why so many recently?

The surgery was first developed for seniors whose cartilage had worn away and had trouble walking because of the bone-on-bone pain. For athletes who have the same problem and want to keep playing, it provides some hope of growing cartilage again. Only problem is that most players lose a lot strength in the knee and generally do not move as quickly or jump as high, i.e. Penny Hardaway or Jamal Mashburn. The exception would seem to be Amare, but I've read that he had the surgery done on a non-weight bearing part of the knee. Seems that if the cartilage problem is on the weight bearing part of the knee and is bigger than 1 cm, you're never the same after the surgery as a basketball player.
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Old 10-06-2007, 11:24 AM   #8
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Default Re: Microfracture operations. Why so many recently?

it's getting cheaper...
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Old 10-06-2007, 01:43 PM   #9
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Default Re: Microfracture operations. Why so many recently?

I just imagine that unless absolutely necessary guys played through the pain. Or unless absolutely necessary like Penny would get the arthriscopic procedure like Shaq received last year. It isn't as permanent a fix, and could have to be done numerous times over the course of a career (considering Shaqs age, it is worth it). But yeah, Shaq had cartilage tears and could've had micro surgery.

I think the recovery time for Micro is really just shorter when you don't have a job like a football player and running a few miles up and down the court every night . I remember guys like Penny and Jamal came back way too quickly, which is why they are where they are. I think 8months at the least is good for a basketball player. It is such a questionable thing as to whether or not you'll get enough blood flowing to that spot so that it clots and eventually forms and replaces cartilage, and coming back on it too fast does not help when you're damaging it again. And there could be small scar tissue problems there too to complicate things.
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Old 10-06-2007, 01:46 PM   #10
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Yeah. It sucks.
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