SCP: The Subchondroplasty® Procedure

What Is Subchondroplasty®?

The Subchondroplasty® Procedure (SCP®) is a minimally invasive surgery designed to access and treat bone defects associated with Chronic Bone Marrow Lesions (BMLs) by filling them with a biomimetic bone substitute material (BSM).

Is Subchondroplasty® Right for Me?

Subchondroplasty may be the right procedure for you if the following is true:

  • I have experienced symptomatic knee pain for 3+ months
  • I have increasing discomfort when walking or standing
  • I have seen limited benefits from NSAIDs, bracing, injections or physical therapy
  • My symptoms returned after arthroscopy

You should discuss treatment options and possible risks with your surgeon. Please ask your surgeon any questions you have so that you will make the best decision. It is important to fully understand the risks and benefits of any treatment before making a decision.

How Does It Work?

The SCP® procedure is based on accepted methods of fracture healing, which are applied to defects associated with BMLs in the subchondral bone. It is performed either alone or in conjunction with other arthroscopic treatments. SCP® leads to healing as the BSM is resorbed and replaced with new, healthy bone. SCP® is typically performed in an outpatient setting, meaning patients usually return home the same day.

About Chronic Bone Marrow Lesions

You may have bone defects called Chronic Bone Marrow Lesions (BMLs). BMLs can only be detected via MRI, so only your doctor can tell if you have this condition. Many surgeons believe that chronic BMLs will not heal without treatment such as the Subchondroplasty® procedure.


SCP® is not recommended for patients with a BMI greater than 40, or patients with severe misalignment of the joint.

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