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Articular cartilage response to arthroscopic surgery: A review of current knowledge

  • John P. Fulkerson
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    Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, Connecticut, U.S.A.
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  • Thomas F. Winters Jr.
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    Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, Connecticut, U.S.A.
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      Summary

      This review is intended to point out the many variables affecting articular cartilage around the time of arthroscopic surgery. Despite the rapid clinical recovery of arthroscopic surgery patients, there may be considerable articular cartilage inhibition related to preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative factors. Risks to the patient and his joint can be minimized by careful management of these known variables.
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