• Dr. Domb!

    Thanks a lot for getting my hip right. Looking forward to a full recovery and a great season. Thanks again for everything.

    Corey WoottonChicago Bears and Detroit Lions
  • Thank you for all that you have done for me and the team. My hip feels so much better, and because of you I'm pain free.
    Sylvia Fowles WNBA Finals MVP, 2-time Olympic Gold Medalist
  • Thank you for working your magic! You're the best!
    Zakiya BywatersChicago Red Stars, National Women's Soccer League
  • Thanks for all the love and positive Energy that was put into my surgery. May the Lord bless you and your family.
    Atari BigbyGreen Bay Packers and San Diego Chargers
  • Dr. Domb, Thanks for fixing me up
    Rashied DavisChicago Bears
  • Huge thank you to Dr. Domb for always taking care of me and getting me back on the court in no time!
    Elena Delle DonneChicago Sky, MVP of the WNBA
  • Dr. Domb! Thanks for taking care of the hip! All the best to you and your staff
    Roosevelt ColvinChicago Bears' All-Decade Defense team
  • Thanks doc for fixing my hip!
    Ryan ChiaveriniWindy City Live Co-Host on ABC7

Cartilage Defects

Cartilage defects may result from an acute traumatic event or chronic degeneration due to overuse of the hips joint. They can become a significant cause of pain in the hip. Left untreated, cartilage defects continue to worsen over time, a process known as arthritis. Microfracture is an arthroscopic procedure performed to restore injured cartilage. The procedure involves making multiple perforations into the subchondral bone in the areas where cartilage is deficient, which allow stem cells to fill the void out of the cartilage defect. Research shows these stem cells can form new cartilage in the area of the defect. This procedure has been performed on many professional athletes, such as Kobe Bryant, who underwent microfracture of the knee. New developments have allowed arthroscopic microfracture to be successfully performed in the hip.


Once undergoing a microfracture, a patient can expect to be on crutches for 8 weeks. This period of non-weight bearing allows for stem cells to stimulate undisturbed cartilage regrowth.

Surgical Videos Addressing Cartilage Defect in the Hip:

Hip arthroscopy: acetabular microfracture:

Hip arthroscopy: chondral damage - the wave sign: