Who Should Consider Subchondroplasty?
Patients who are good candidates for subchondroplasty are those who are experiencing the following:
- Discomfort when standing or walking
- Symptoms that returned after a knee arthroscopy
- Little or no relief from non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS)
- No benefit from physical therapy or bracing
- Symptomatic knee pain for 3 months or longer
How are subchondral insufficiency fractures diagnosed?
Bone marrow lesions are only seen through MRI and cannot be seen on a standard x-ray. Dr. Mazzara will obtain an MRI and look for damaged non-heaing areas of the bone that show stress or micro-cracks. He will also obtain a thorough patient history along with symptoms and prior injury or surgery. Every patient’s case is different and Dr. Mazzara will discuss the benefits and risks of the subchondroplasty procedure or if the patient would benefit more from a different treatment.
For more information about the subchondroplasty procedure, or to discuss your symptoms of knee pain, please contact the orthopedic offices of Dr. James Mazzara, knee surgeon in Manchester, South Windsor, Enfield, Glastonbury and surrounding Hartford communities.