Genesis Orthopedics & Sports Medicine is committed to offering our patients information on new developments in the field of Orthopedics that may have clinical applications for some of our patients. One of these developments is a new procedure called Subchondroplasty. It may help some people who are suffering from chronic knee pain due to the effects of chronic “bone marrow lesions” (BMLs).
What are BML’s? BML’s are areas of chronic inflammation of the subchondral bone. They lie within the marrow and can cause swelling, significant pain, and limited mobility. BMLs can also be the earliest signs of arthritis in the knee. Based on some new research there may be some relief for persistent knee pain associated with BMLs that have failed other treatments. While historically, total knee replacement was the only effective option left for this painful condition, there is now a much less invasive option available that can restore mobility and function for some people in only 6 to 8 weeks.
This new procedure, subchondroplasty, has been shown to be effective in treating the bone swelling beneath the articular surface of the femur and tibia in the knee joint. The procedure uses arthroscopic and fluoroscopic imaging to accurately locate the location of the bone defect, allowing for the injection of a calcium phosphate (AccuFill(tm) a Bone Substitute Material ). This substance solidifies soon after injection, and is then gradually absorbed over time allowing healthier bone to develop in the location of the BMLs.
At Genesis Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, we are pleased to offer our patients a consultation to see if they are a candidate for this new treatment. Call us today to schedule your consultation.