Do you have Osteoarthritis of the knee? If you answered yes, did your doctor discuss performing a Subchondroplasty surgery? If you are in this situation and unsure what to expect, continue reading for additional information.

What should I expect from a Subchondroplasty (SCP®) Procedure?

It is a minimally invasive surgery that patients are usually released to go home the same day. Your surgeon will use an intraoperative x-ray and a small pin to create an access portal into the subchondral defect in your bone. The defected area is filled with a calcium phosphate bone substitute that hardens quickly and allows new healthy bone to grow.

What will a Physical Therapist do for my knee to speed my recovery from SCP® surgery?

Your Physical Therapist at Physician will allow you to put weight on your knee as tolerated.  Walking may be painful and a walker or crutches may be necessary for a short period of time. Elevate your leg above your heart helps control your pain as well as applying ice to your knee for 15 minutes 3-4 times per day. Compression, such as an ace wrap will help keep your knee from swelling and bleeding to a minimum. Eventually you will be encouraged to do light exercises instructed by your Physical Therapist. Exercises such as ankle pumps, heel slides, quad sets, and knee extensions will be incorporated into your Physical therapy regimen. You will eventually be on your way back to the activities you enjoy and a pain free lifestyle!

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