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Knee Arthroscopy

Knee Arthroscopy

Arthroscopy is a procedure which allows your orthopedic surgeon to inspect and repair a knee problem with a minimal incision. Using the arthroscope (a powerful lens & fiberoptic light), a surgeon can look into your joint, diagnose its malfunction, and often make necessary repairs. The procedure normally takes 1-2 hours.

Arthroscopy is commonly used to treat:

Damaged Joint Surfaces - During the procedure, the surgeon will smooth rough surfaces and may remove any bone or cartilage fragments. The friction from rough surfaces often leads to pain when moving.

Damaged Ligaments & Tendons - During the procedure, the surgeon will staple or suture any torn or frayed tissues. Torn or frayed tissues often leads to knee malfunction and/or loss of movement.

Knee Inflammation - Swelling and pain can result when parts of the knee rub together abnormally. Arthroscopy is used to treat and/or remove damaged tissue.

Knee Malfunction - Pain resulting from knee bone and/or soft-tissue malfunction, can often be alleviated through arthroscopy. During the procedure, the surgeon can tighten ligaments or tendons to help stabilize the knee

Advantages of Arthroscopy:

  • Generally involves day surgery (no overnight stay)
  • Small incisions
  • Less scaring
  • Less pain
  • Generally speedy recovery
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Arthroscopy is not the solution for every knee malfunction. At times open surgery may be required. Surgical recovery time varies among individuals for a variety of reasons, including age, overall health, and the type of procedure performed. It is for these reasons that a surgeon can only estimate the timeline for full recovery. After 7-10 days, your surgeon will evaluate your wound, remove stitches, and explain any potential exercise programs and/or physical therapy.


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