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What is chondroplasty?

Chondroplasty involves the removal of damaged cartilage from the joint using an arthroscopic procedure. Next, a sample of healthy cartilage is removed and grown in a laboratory culture for roughly one week. The newly grown cartilage cells (chondrocytes), which are believed to prompt the repair of damaged tissue, are then put back into the joint. This procedure may be useful in younger people who are at risk of developing osteoarthritis because of defective joint surfaces.

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