Dr. Patrick McCulloch: Orthopedic Surgery: Houston, TX

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Cartilage Injury Specialist

Dr. Patrick McCulloch

Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine located in Houston, TX

Cartilage injuries can hinder joint movement significantly. Dr. Patrick McCulloch, a skilled orthopedic surgeon, along with his team, diagnose and treat cartilage injuries in both adults and adolescents at three locations in Houston, Texas: Spring Valley, Bellaire, and the Texas Medical Center. If you suspect that you or your child has suffered a cartilage injury, contact Dr. McCulloch’s office to schedule an appointment today.

Cartilage Injuries FAQ

What is a cartilage injury?

Cartilage injuries often refer to meniscus tears in the knee, but they can also involve articular cartilage. This type of cartilage lines the ends of bones in joints, facilitating smooth movement. Articular cartilage is crucial for athletic activities and everyday motion. Unfortunately, when injured, it struggles to heal on its own due to its lack of blood supply, potentially leading to arthritis.

Dr. Patrick McCulloch is adept in cartilage restoration techniques, commonly applied to the knee and also suitable for treating shoulder and elbow injuries.

How do cartilage injuries occur?

Cartilage injuries might result from acute impacts, such as sports injuries, or from chronic degenerative conditions like osteoarthritis. While traumatic events can directly damage cartilage, degenerative damage accumulates over time, often responding less effectively to restoration and more favorably to joint replacement.

How are cartilage injuries diagnosed?

The diagnostic process begins with Dr. McCulloch or a team member assessing your symptoms and medical history, followed by a physical examination to check for tenderness and limited motion. High-resolution MRI scans may be utilized to view the cartilage more clearly, and in some cases, diagnostic arthroscopy might be performed. This minimally invasive procedure allows Dr. McCulloch to explore the joint with a camera, sometimes taking cartilage biopsies for laboratory growth.

What are the treatment options for cartilage injuries?

If a cartilage injury is confirmed during arthroscopy, Dr. McCulloch might address it in the same session, using small instruments inserted through tiny incisions. More significant cases might require open surgery. Cartilage restoration can involve several techniques, such as:

  • Drilling
  • Microfracture
  • Abrasion arthroplasty
  • Autologous chondrocyte implantation
  • Osteochondral autograft or allograft transplantation

Dr. McCulloch and his team will discuss all possible treatments to find the most suitable approach for your condition.

For expert management of cartilage injuries, contact Dr. Patrick McCulloch’s office to schedule an appointment today.

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Services

Sports Injuries

Rotator Cuff Tear
Shoulder Replacement
Shoulder Instability
Meniscus Tear
Cartilage Injuries
Elbow Surgery