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The WAITING ROOM => GENERAL KNEE QUESTIONS and comments (good for new threads) => Topic started by: thommo404 on April 12, 2013, 03:01:38 PM

Title: Fibrocartilage
Post by: thommo404 on April 12, 2013, 03:01:38 PM
How long does fibrocartilage take to grow. I didn't have any micro fracture or anything like that. Physio and OS have both said it will just take time if it grows at all which they don't seem to think it will. I know everyone is different but just wanted a rough idea of how long to give it.


Thommo
Title: Re: Fibrocartilage
Post by: Vickster on April 12, 2013, 03:14:18 PM
My defect filled within the 5 months between trauma and scope. To note, not every person can develop fibro, presumably why mfx fails despite protected weight bearing etc. from what I have read trauma to the subchondral bone can trigger this process rather than a gradual wear and tear
Title: Re: Fibrocartilage
Post by: Maverick on April 12, 2013, 07:32:48 PM
I had a mfx in 9/2011 and a scope in 10/2012.  The fibrocartilage looked good after 12 months.
Title: Re: Fibrocartilage
Post by: thommo404 on April 14, 2013, 01:18:22 PM
So what about the cartilage that is still behind the patella. If that has been debriefed in a couple of surgeries am I correct when I say that the debriefing thins it out a little and it also doesn't take it as long to roughen up again??
Title: Re: Fibrocartilage
Post by: Vickster on April 14, 2013, 01:30:30 PM
Do you mean debriding?  I think fibro grows in response to bleeding / release of stem cells from the bone marrow which is the principle behind microfracture.  I am not sure if just smoothing out the cartilage triggers such a healing response, you just have thinner hyaline as you say

This is quite a good link  http://www.kneeclinic.info/problems_articular_cartilage.php

Have you asked your specialist about this?  I am sure he can explain it far better :)