Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that has become the preferred method of diagnosing and treating many knee conditions. The physicians will determine, based on the severity of the knee condition/injury and each patient’s individual needs, if arthroscopy is an option. This procedure allows for quicker recovery time and less pain after surgery.
Arthroscopy is used to correct several conditions of the knee, including:
- Arthritis damage
- Ligament tears (ACL, PCL)
- Synovial tissue inflammation (joint lining)
- Meniscal tears and other cartilage injury/damage
During an arthroscopic procedure, physicians make small incisions on the surface of the knee and insert a miniature camera and tools into the joint's interior. Physicians use the images shown on an in-room monitor to diagnose and/or correct the injury.
Benefits of knee arthroscopy include:
- Outpatient procedure
- Reduced blood loss during procedure
- Faster recovery time
- Decreased pain and discomfort following the procedure
Patients will receive complete instructions for care after the procedure in order to avoid re-injuring the knee and assist in recovery. Instructions will include keeping the incisions area covered and clean and to remain on crutches or other methods to not put undo weight or pressure on the knee if needed. Our physicians will provide a plan to regain knee function and improved pain relief based on each individual patient's condition.