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Offline Renren

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You'll know the answer to this right??
« on: July 13, 2010, 10:29:39 PM »
articular cartilage damage.....what is it? I've read that my articular cartilage has to be healthy in order to get my meniscus transplant and was wondering who knows what that is, and how I would even know whether or not it is damaged? Answers would be much appreciated!!

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Re: You'll know the answer to this right??
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2010, 10:51:35 PM »
It is the cartilage that covers bones (white and smooth)...covers the ends of bones where they come together to form joints.  You are unlikely to know it is damaged unless you have had an MRI or surgery before.  It is what is damaged to cause osteoarthritis or the damage can be traumatic.  How old are you - if young and your joints are soild, it should be fine.  Presumably if you are having a meniscus transplant, you have had surgery before - the surgeon should thus know?
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Re: You'll know the answer to this right??
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2010, 08:46:59 AM »
This may help you get your head around the subject -