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Need Joint Replacement? Invasive Surgery Not the Only Option
Charleston Sports Medicine offers subchondroplasty, a same-day procedure done with minimally invasive techniques for joint replacement. Many patients delay or avoid progressing to more-invasive procedures such as total joint replacement with this.
Subchondroplasty is a minimally-invasive surgery that targets and treats subchondral defects associated with chronic Bone Marrow Lesions (BML), an often-painful defect of the spongy cancellous bone that underlies and supports the cartilage of the joint. Many patients delay or avoid progressing to more-invasive procedures such as total joint replacement.
Some quick facts about Subchondroplasty include:
— Utilizes a minimally invasive technique
— Performed in a outpatient setting
— Requires a short rehabilitation period
— Future treatment options, such as total knee replacement, remain open
Despite negative x-rays and physical examination, when Bone Marrow Lesions (BMLs) are the cause of pain, the minimally invasive Subchondroplasty Procedure may relieve the pain.
Patients may be a candidate for the procedure if:
— Symptomatic knee pain for 3+ months
— Discomfort when walking or standing
— Limited benefits from NSAIDs, bracing, injections or physical therapy
— Symptoms that returned after an arthroscopy
The procedure is usually performed along with arthroscopy (image guided) of the affected joint, allowing Dr. McConnell to see and treat lesions inside the joint that may also be causing pain. Subchondroplasty is a mini-open procedure that provides patients a treatment option between conservative therapies and surgical intervention, such as joint replacement.
At Charleston Sports Medicine, Bright McConnell, III, MD (http://www.charlestonsportsmed.com/
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