Microfracture Drilling

Microfracture Drilling Procedures at
ORA Orthopedics in the Quad Cities

The skilled surgeons at ORA Orthopedics in the Quad Cities perform microfracture drilling procedures to help patients with damaged or worn knee cartilage improve their joint health and reduce painful symptoms.  As the largest orthopedic practice in the region, ORA Orthopedics is a leader in musculoskeletal care and has proudly served local families since 1963. If you are concerned about your joint health and want to take steps toward overcoming your symptoms, we encourage you to contact us.

While its name may sound a little intimidating, microfracture drilling is actually a minimally invasive procedure that can help patients avoid painful debilitating symptoms and more extensive joint replacement surgery. The goal of this treatment is to repair damaged cartilage in the knee joint.  The microfracture drilling procedure involves the use of an arthroscope, which is a thin, pencil-like instrument with a small camera affixed to the end. The arthroscope is inserted into the knee joint through a tiny incision. This allows the surgeon to view detailed live images of the joint on a monitor. The surgeon will examine the joint and carefully remove loose or damaged portions of cartilage. Next, several tiny holes are strategically drilled on the base of the damaged joint area to promote the growth of healthy “scar” cartilage.


Microfracture drilling and other cartilage restoration techniques at ORA Orthopedics are tailored to the individual needs of our patients. When you turn to our specialists for care, you can be assured that all of your treatment options – both non-surgical and surgical – will be carefully explained to you and any questions you may have will be answered. Our ultimate goal is to help you overcome your symptoms and return to the activities you enjoy as quickly and safely as possible.

Contact ORA Orthopedics in the Quad Cities today to learn more about microfracture drilling and our approach to knee cartilage restoration.