A knee arthroscopy is a common surgical procedure in which a small camera is used for surgeons to view inside the knee and diagnose and treat knee conditions.
Knee Arthroscopy Overview
During the procedure, small incisions are made to the knee and a sterile saline solution is used to fill the knee joint, allowing the knee surgeon to see inside the knee with great detail.
Small surgical instruments may then be used to repair and remove damaged tissue within the joint, including scissors, motorized shavers, or lasers.
After the condition is treated, the surgeon may use stitches or steri-strips (butterfly closure), which are similar to small Band-Aids, to close the incisions.
Conditions Treated by Knee Arthroscopy
A knee arthroscopy can be used to treat a variety of knee conditions, including:
- Torn meniscus
- Torn or damaged anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)
- Torn or damaged posterior cruciate ligament (PCL)
- Torn or damaged collateral ligament
- Swollen or damaged lining of the joint.
- Kneecap (patella) that is out of position
- Broken cartilage in the knee joint
- Removal of a Baker’s cyst
- Inflammation from arthritis and other causes
- Repair of defect in cartilage
- Some types of knee fractures
Knee Arthroscopy Recovery
Patients are often able to leave the hospital a few hours after the procedure.
Patients that had a ligament reconstruction performed will likely be able to return to most physical activities after six to eight weeks.
Knee Arthroscopy Articles
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