How do I get started?
The first step is to speak to a surgeon trained to perform The Subchondroplasty® Procedure (find a surgeon in your area).
Will I be anesthetized during the procedure?
Anesthesia is a way to control pain during a procedure. Some surgeons use a local and/or regional anesthetic that numbs the operative area, which allows you to remain awake but pain-free during surgery. Other surgeons prefer general anesthesia. With general anesthesia, you will be unconscious and not feel pain during the procedure.
What are the precautions and risks for this treatment?
Only your health care team can determine if you are healthy enough for surgery. Consult your doctor for a complete assessment of possible risks before deciding to have surgery. Review the instructions for use for more information about precautions and risk.
If you and your doctor determine that total joint replacement is necessary, a prior Subchondroplasty® Procedure does not prevent this as an option. Should it become necessary, total joint replacement is still an option for you.
Are there alternatives to SCP® Surgery?
A course of conservative treatment—to include pain medications, joint braces, crutches, physical therapy and/or injections into the joint—may allow the body to heal bone defects sometimes referred to as BML, and is usually recommended before proceeding with any surgical procedure.
If the bone does not heal with conservative care your surgeon may recommend surgery.
Important Information: As with every surgical procedure, there are risks and potential complications. Individual results may vary. Success depends on factors such as age, weight and activity level.