Knee arthroscopy can be used to treat a number of conditions, including:
- Repair of torn meniscal cartilage
- Reconstruction of a torn ACL
- Removal of torn pieces of articular cartilage
- Eradication of loose fragments of bone or cartilage
- Extraction of inflamed synovial tissue
- Torn ACL/PCL
- Replacement of damaged cartilage
The knee arthroscopy begins by making 2 small incisions about 5mm long and inserting a small camera, called an arthroscope. Your Gotham City Orthopedics surgeon will then spend a few minutes evaluating your knee anatomy on the large monitor attached to the camera. Whether you have a torn meniscus, inflammation, or torn ligament like an ACL or PCL, your surgeon will be able to address these issues through small incisions and viewing all the relevant anatomy through the arthroscope. Patients routinely are supervised in the recovery room for about an hour after the procedure and go home later that day using crutches to assist them for ambulation.
Before actual repair is performed, the first step of knee arthroscopy is accurate diagnosis with the minimally invasive tools. After small incisions are made and the arthroscope is inserted into your knee, your expert Orthopedic Surgeons at Gotham City Orthopedics 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 with ankle arthroscopy, a different set of instruments are inserted into your knee through small additional incisions to treat the problem area. Once your surgeon is finished with the procedure, you will be kept under supervision in a recovery room for several hours before you are cleared to return home.
After Knee Arthroscopy
Because knee arthroscopy is less invasive than knee surgeries of the past, recovery is much faster. Your specialist at Gotham City will give you specific instructions, which will include exercises to help with the recovery process based on the procedure performed and other factors. In general, normal physical activity will usually resume after about 4 weeks.
Schedule a Consultation
To learn more about knee arthroscopy, your next step is scheduling a consultation at Gotham City Orthopedics. During this time, your physician will perform a number of examinations to determine if you are a candidate. As a leading Orthopedic destination, our surgeons are primarily focused on providing the most effective treatment while retaining minimally invasive techniques. Please call us today to learn more about how we can help.