Arthritis or cartilage damage/lesions of the knee can be very debilitating. The knee is usually painful and has intermittent swelling that can be worse with activities. In earlier stages of arthritis, injections and arthroscopy can provide pain relief. Cartilage repair is also possible in selected cases. When arthritis is advanced and combined with deformity, usually some form of resurfacing or joint replacement of the knee is needed. This has been associated with good long-term results and reliable relief of pain together with correction of knee alignment/deformity.
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