Joint preservation is the reshaping of the natural bones of the joint using advanced arthroscopic (minimally invasive) techniques, rather than removing the entire joint and replacing it with an implant (joint replacement). The team of specialists at IU Health Physicians Orthopedics & Sports Medicine focuses on relieving your pain with surgery that preserves your natural joint, giving you a quicker recovery with less pain and a shorter hospital stay.
Joint preservation is commonly performed on the knee, shoulder or hip. Surgery may include soft tissue repairs or bone and cartilage grafting. The goal of joint preservation surgery is to improve how the natural bones work together by removing and/or repairing the abnormal tissues that destroy the cartilage, either from within the joint or from within the bone, or both.