Recovery Accelerated

Minimally Invasive Preservation

Joint preservation focuses on maintaining the natural joint using minimally invasive procedures rather than replacing the entire joint.


Targets & treats subchondral defects associated with chronic Bone Marrow Lesions.


A type of endoscope that is inserted through a small incision.

Speedy Healing & Recovery

Natural Reshaping

Charleston Sports Medicine provides the latest minimally invasive procedures for joint preservation. Joint preservation is the reshaping of the natural bones of the joint using the minimally invasive procedures rather than removing the entire joint and replacing it with an implant (joint replacement). Recovery is accelerated.

These joint preservation procedures may be used in combination with these regenerative medicine therapies to speed healing and recovery:

Platelet-Rich Plasma
Stem Cell Therapy
Amniotic Tissue Allograft

Arthroscopic Surgery

Arthroscopy (also called arthroscopic surgery) is a minimally invasive surgical procedure in which an examination and sometimes treatment of damage of the interior of a joint is performed using an arthroscope, a type of endoscope that is inserted into the joint through a small incision. Arthroscopic procedures at Charleston Sports Medicine can be performed either to evaluate or to treat many orthopedic conditions including torn floating cartilage, torn surface cartilage, ACL reconstruction, and trimming damaged cartilage. The joints that are most commonly examined and treated by arthroscopy are the knee, shoulder, elbow, wrist, ankle, foot, and hip.

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Subchondroplasty is a minimally-invasive surgery that targets and treats subchondral defects associated with chronic Bone Marrow Lesions (BML), an often-painful defect of the spongy cancellous bone that underlies and supports the cartilage of your joint. The procedure is usually performed along with arthroscopy (image-guided) of the affected joint, allowing your surgeon to see and treat lesions inside the joint that may also be causing pain. Subchondroplasty is a mini-open procedure that provides patients a treatment option between conservative therapies and surgical intervention, such as joint replacement.

How do I get started?

Call Charleston Sports Medicine for a consultation to see if you are a candidate for the Subchondroplasty procedure for joint pain relief. Dr. McConnell will do a complete assessment of possible risks before deciding if this procedure is a good fit for you. Conservative care options such as bone grafting may need to be explored as an alternative prior to recommending surgery.

Will The SCP® Procedure keep me from having total joint surgery?

Many patients delay or avoid progressing to more-invasive procedures such as total joint replacement. However, the results of any surgical procedure vary from patient to patient. Should it become necessary, total joint replacement is still an option for you after SCP®.

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