Knee arthroscopy is a medical procedure that enables physicians to view the knee joint without building a large incision (slice) through skin and other soft tissues. Arthroscopy is used to diagnose and treat a wide range of knee problems.
What is a Knee Arthroscopy?
During a knee arthroscopy, your doctor inserts a little camera, called an arthroscope, into your knee joint. The camera shows images on a video monitor, and your surgeon uses miniature surgical instruments to be guided by the images.
Do I need a Knee Arthroscopy?
If you have severe pain that will does not respond to nonsurgical treatment, doctor Frank may recommend a knee arthroscopy. Nonsurgical treatment involves relaxation, physical therapy, and drugs or needles that can reduce inflammation.
A Knee Arthroscopy may reduce painful symptoms of several problems that damage the cartilage surfaces along with other surrounding soft tissues.
The following are some common arthroscopic procedures for the knee:
- Removal or repair of a torn meniscus
- Reconstruction of a torn anterior cruciate ligament
- Removal of inflamed synovial tissue
- Trimming of damaged articular cartilage
- Removal of loose fragments of bone or cartilage
- Treatment of patella (kneecap) problems
- Knee sepsis (infection)
Recover after a knee Arthroscopy
After surgery, you’ll be moved towards the recovery area and should be able to go home within 1 or 2 hours. Make sure you have someone with you to drive you home and check in with you that first evening.
It’s very important to follow doctor Frank’s instructions carefully once you return home after your knee arthroscopy.