Retroarticular Core Decompression

This procedure, also referred to as “RCD,” is indicated for early-stage OCD that has not developed instability or significant cartilage damage. The RCD procedure is a new alternative to the more conventional “drilling” procedure. In the RCD procedure, Dr. Pace will completely or near completely remove all of OCD while leaving the overlying cartilage intact. He will then fill the newly created void with a combination of donor bone and concentrated stem cells to stimulate new bone growth in the area. The stem cells are taken from the patient’s own bone marrow through a needle stick on the pelvis. The procedure is outpatient but it does require 6 weeks on crutches to allow the area to heal properly. The goal of the RCD is to provide quicker and more reliable healing for early stage OCD as compared to the traditional drilling procedure.

Dr. Pace invented this procedure several years ago and is actively studying the results of this operation. As a member of the Research in Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Knee (ROCK) and Research in Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Knee, Elbow, and Talus (ROCKET) groups, Dr. Pace’s patients have the opportunity to be enrolled in the country’s largest patient cohort study.  This opportunity allows for the best possible evaluation of all of the treatments offered for OCD so that the most appropriate treatments can be offered to patients.

You can reach Lee Pace, MD at (860) 837-9220 for any questions or to schedule an appointment.

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