A year ago, my 27-year old son injured his knee playing soccer. After months of conservative treatment and continued pain, an MRI showed a fracture in the cartilage in his knee, an uncommon problem for a person his age. We worked together to prepare for his appointment with a well-referred orthopedic surgeon, and my son took good notes.
He called to tell me that two surgical options had been recommended, both FDA approved, one more “typical” and one more “experimental.” In fact, the doctor enthusiastically offered participation in a clinical study on the newer procedure, which from his experience he believed showed potential for longer lasting results. Still, both procedures were going to require significant recovery and rehabilitation, and the experimental procedure may or may not be covered by our insurance.