Injured cartilage cannot heal on its own, so a physician can use multiple surgical techniques to repair, regenerate, and replace the cartilage. Cartilage repairs can be performed on almost any joint but are most commonly performed on knees. The primary candidates for these procedures are patients that have a specific cartilage injury rather than a widespread damage to the cartilage like arthritis. Chondroplasties can reduce knee pain, restore function of the knee, and possibly slow down the degeneration of cartilage in the future. Chondroplasties are often surgically repaired by debridement, which is where the surgeon removes potential irritants within the joint such as loose pieces of cartilage. Once the loose bodies are removed, the surgeon will flush the joint with saline.
Dr. Mahesh Bagwe, a physician at The Orthopedic Center of St. Louis, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, fellowship-trained in foot and ankle reconstruction. He also serves as a team physician for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Dr. Bagwe’s primary area of interest is lower extremity disorders. His specialties include: Foot and Ankle Surgery; Arthroscopic Surgery; Cartilage Repairs; Ankle Joint Replacements; Foot & Ankle Injections; Reconstructive Surgery; General Orthopedic Surgery; Sports Medicine; and Knee Surgery. He has been widely recognized and sought after for his innovative procedures that help patients regain their mobility.
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Dr. Bagwe is an Orthopedic Surgeon in St. Louis, Missouri | As a world class lower extremity specialist Dr. Bagwe treats disorders of the knee, foot and ankle which cause acute or chronic pain. With several locations in the St. Louis metro area, we offer solutions for Arthritis, Sprains and strains, Bursitis and tendonitis, Fractures, sports related injuries, work related injuries, stress fracture, Cubital tunnel syndrome, Knee ligament tear (ACL, PCL, MCL and LCL), Meniscal (cartilage) tear, Heel spurs, Plantar fasciitis, Shin splints, Hammer toe and other toe disorders, Achilles tendon problems, Bunions, and more.