Subchondroplasty Specialist

Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC

Orthopaedic Surgeons & Orthopedic Surgeons located in Clive, IA & Ankeny, IA

If you have persistent pain due to bone marrow lesions, the skilled surgeons at Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC can help. At their offices in Ankeny, Clive, and Indianola, Iowa, the surgical team offers Subchondroplasty®, a procedure to stabilize your bone with minimally invasive techniques. The surgeons are extensively trained in Subchondroplasty to ensure optimal results. Find out if you’re a candidate for the procedure by calling the Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC office nearest you or by booking an appointment online today.

Subchrondroplasty Q&A

What is Subchondroplasty?

Subchondroplasty, also known as SCP®, is a minimally invasive procedure that focuses on repairing defects in the subchondral bone, which lies just beneath the cartilage in a joint. 

These bone marrow lesions can develop in any bones near joints because of trauma, arthritis, or underlying inflammatory conditions. This condition generally won’t heal on its own without treatment and can cause pain that may be severe.

The team at Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC often performs SPC in conjunction with joint arthroscopy to improve visualization during surgery. SPC also allows your provider the opportunity to make necessary repairs during the same procedure.

Your provider can determine if you’re a candidate for Subchondroplasty after a diagnostic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan of your bone. They also review your medical history to ensure you’re healthy enough for surgery.

What happens during Subchondroplasty?

During your outpatient SCP, your Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC provider uses fluoroscopy, a real-time X-ray technology, to position a small tube in the area of the defect in your bone.

After drilling a small hole in the tube, your provider delivers AccuFill® bone substitute material (BSM) into your bone, which quickly hardens to stabilize the treated bone. Over time, your bones absorb BSM as new bone replaces it.

What happens after Subchondroplasty?

Because SPC is typically an outpatient procedure, you can expect to go home to recover following a brief recovery period.

It’s common to experience pain during the first few days after your surgery, and your Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC physician helps you manage your pain with medications.

As you begin to heal, you can expect to start walking and standing with the help of crutches. You may also need physical therapy to regain your strength and overall mobility.

Your Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC provider continues to monitor your healing process through follow-up visits to ensure you’re no longer in pain and now able to move freely.

To learn more about the benefits of Subchondroplasty, schedule an evaluation by calling the Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC office nearest you or by requesting an appointment online today.