While it may not be possible for you to visit operating rooms and study a surgeon's technique, it is possible to research and learn a surgeon's experience. Their attitude toward pain relief, rehabilitation and exercise -- as well as their attention to your needs -- are crucially important. Your outcome depends on it.
Kids often get knee pain. When it persists, an X-ray may show a lesion of the articular cartilage: the bearing surface of the joint. That lesion is usually called Osteochondritis dissecans, a terrible and misleading name that implies inflammation (itis) and drying out (dissecans), though neither is present in the condition.
he exercises demonstrated in this video -- sitting knee pillow squeezes, supine foot circles and point flexes, and sitting abductor press -- build strength and mobility in the lower body, particularly the ankles, calves, and thighs, to better support the joints' movements and thereby eliminate knee pain.
Each little tweak, each warning sign, if ignored, can turn into a chronic pain. I don't have time for chronic pain. So I learn to pay attention sooner, fix the problems, and do the preventive maintenance. That way, I'll get to keep sailing this "old boat" until -- one inevitable day -- the wind dies.