Arthroscopic knee surgery can be used to treat a number of conditions, including:
- Torn meniscus repair
- Torn ACL/PCL reconstruction
- Torn pieces of articular cartilage removal
- Loose fragments of bone or cartilage removal
- Inflamed synovial tissue extraction
- Damaged cartilage replacement
Knee Arthroscopy Procedure
An arthroscopic knee surgery at Gotham City Orthopedics begins by making 2 small incisions about 5mm long and inserting a small camera, called an arthroscope. Before the actual repair is performed, the first step is an accurate diagnosis of the condition. Our expert orthopedic surgeons will use the image projected onto the screen to help guide the small camera towards the problem area. This diagnostic activity usually takes about half an hour.
From there, if the underlying condition can be corrected using knee arthroscopy, a different set of instruments will be inserted into your knee through small additional incisions to treat the problem area. Whether you have a torn meniscus, inflammation, or a torn ligament like an ACL or PCL, your surgeon will be able to address these issues through the small incisions while viewing the relevant anatomy through the arthroscope.
Once your surgeon is finished with the arthroscopic knee surgery, you will be kept under supervision in a recovery room for about an hour before you are cleared to return home, using crutches for assistance.
What to Expect After Arthroscopic Knee Surgery
Because knee arthroscopy is less invasive than knee surgeries of the past, recovery is much faster. Your sports medicine doctor at Gotham City Orthopedics will give you specific instructions, including exercises to help with the recovery process, that are specifically tailored to the procedure performed and other personal factors. In most cases, normal physical activity will resume after about 4 weeks. For athletes, it may take a bit longer to return to the field.
Schedule a Knee Arthroscopy
To learn more about knee arthroscopy, schedule a consultation at Gotham City Orthopedics. Our office in New York City is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. During your appointment, your physician will perform a number of exams to determine if arthroscopic knee surgery is suitable for you. As a leading sports medicine practice, our surgeons are focused on providing the most effective treatment while retaining minimally invasive techniques. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.