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Knee Arthroscopy


Knee arthroscopy is a common, outpatient surgical procedure that allows orthopedic surgeons to see and repair problems inside a joint. Using an arthroscope, which is a small, high-resolution camera with the diameter of a pencil, your surgeon will be able to view the tissue inside your knee on a high-definition monitor. He or she can then diagnose the problem and treat it appropriately.

Our surgeons at YourOrthoSolution possess highly specialized training in minimally invasive techniques to ensure that you recover quickly. According to the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, more than 4 million knee arthroscopies are performed worldwide each year.

At YourOrthoSolution, we want to help you start the healing process as quickly as possible and get you on the path to recovery with our minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques. We have some of the top orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine physicians in the country. Our caring team always goes that extra step to make you feel like part of our family. We are dedicated to getting you back to the things you love through a customized plan that fits only you. Your physician at YourOrthoSolution will customize a treatment plan that will work best for you as an individual to facilitate a fast recovery.

Procedure

During arthroscopy, your surgeon will begin by inserting an arthroscope into your knee joint. The first task is to properly diagnose your problem. Your surgeon will use the image projected on the monitor screen to guide the arthroscope around the joint so he or she can carefully view and assess all of the structures within the joint.

If treatment is needed, your surgeon will insert small surgical instruments into the knee to do what is required, typically repairing or removing any damaged tissues. The instruments are inserted through a few other small incisions around your knee. They may include scissors, motorized shavers, or lasers.

The treatment part of the procedure may last 30 minutes to more than an hour, depending on what needs to be done. Some of the most common treatments for the knee performed through an arthroscope are:

  • Removing or repairing torn menisci
  • Reconstructing a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)
  • Trimming torn pieces of articular cartilage (the cartilage covering the surface of bones in the joint)
  • Removing loose fragments of bone or cartilage
  • Removing inflamed synovial tissue (the membrane covering many of the surfaces within the joint)

Throughout the arthroscopy, a sterile solution is continuously injected to fill the knee joint and rinse away any debris or cloudy fluid. This helps your surgeon maintain a clear view so the structures can be seen in detail. At the end of the procedure, your surgeon will close your incisions (generally with sutures or Steri-Strips™) and then cover them with a soft bandage.

At YourOrthoSolution, we have extensive experience with knee conditions and injuries and will customize the entire treatment and rehabilitation process to get you on the path to recovery.

All of our doctors and staff at YourOrthoSolution are committed to ensuring that you not only receive the best orthopedic care in the area but also have an exceptional experience each time you visit our locations. Our dedicated staff will handle all insurance processes for you. You can expect to be in a friendly atmosphere and receive top orthopedic treatment to help you return to your usual activities as quickly as possible.


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