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Minimally Invasive Knee Surgery Brings Relief

If you suffer from knee arthritis, there are many treatment options to help you avoid or delay total joint replacement. One of the most successful minimally invasive treatments is the Subchondroplasty® (SCP) procedure, an outpatient surgery that treats bone defects associated with chronic bone marrow lesions.

“Chronic bone marrow lesions occur when the bone starts collapsing just beneath the joint’s surface,” says R. August Ritter III, MD, orthopedic surgeon who practices at Saint Francis Healthcare System. “The problem becomes worse when you suffer a stress fracture.”

R. August Ritter III, MD

R. August Ritter III, MD

During SCP, the surgeon inserts a needle into the area and fills it with a bone substitute material. The material becomes absorbed into the body and is replaced with regular, healthy bone. “For many of my patients, SCP has been a very successful way to avoid undergoing a more invasive joint replacement with a longer recovery time,” Ritter says.

For more information, call 573-331-3000.

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