What is Knee Arthroscopy?

Knee arthroscopy can both diagnose and correct knee problems typically confirmed following a physical examination and imaging tests like MRI, CT scans, or X-rays. During knee arthroscopy, a thin fiber optic light, magnifying lens, and tiny television camera are inserted into your knee. This advanced setup provides your doctor with a detailed view of your joint, enabling accurate diagnosis and treatment. Common knee issues addressed through arthroscopy include meniscal tears, mild arthritis, loose bone or cartilage, ACL and PCL tears, synovitis, and patellar misalignment.

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Candidates for knee arthroscopy

Knee arthroscopy is increasingly favored for various knee conditions due to its minimally invasive advantages, offering quick pain relief and restored function. However, it may not be suitable for everyone. Your doctor will recommend the best treatment for you after a thorough evaluation of your condition.

What is the knee arthroscopy procedure?

This procedure is performed under local or general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. It involves inserting an arthroscope through a tiny incision. If damage is found, repairs are made through additional incisions involving procedures like cartilage trimming, ligament reconstruction, or removing inflamed tissue. After the repair, incisions are sutured and bandaged.

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Benefits of knee arthroscopy over traditional knee surgery

  • Minimally invasive: Knee arthroscopy involves smaller incisions compared to traditional surgery, resulting in less trauma to the knee area.
  • Reduced pain and discomfort: Patients typically experience less postoperative pain and discomfort due to the minimally invasive nature of the procedure.
  • Faster recovery time: The recovery period following arthroscopy is generally shorter, allowing patients to return to normal activities and work more quickly.
  • Less scarring: Smaller incisions lead to less scarring, making the surgical site more aesthetically pleasing post-recovery.
  • Decreased risk of infection: Smaller incisions and a shorter operative time reduce the risk of infection associated with surgical procedures.
  • Improved surgical precision: The use of an arthroscope provides surgeons with a clear view of the joint, allowing for more precise diagnosis and treatment.
  • Reduced blood loss: Less invasive procedures typically involve less bleeding during surgery.
  • Quicker rehabilitation: Due to less tissue disturbance, rehabilitation, and physical therapy can often start sooner and be more effective.
  • Preservation of knee structures: Arthroscopy limits the need to disturb surrounding muscles, tendons, and ligaments, preserving more of the knee’s natural anatomy.
  • Outpatient surgery: Many arthroscopic procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis, eliminating the need for an extended hospital stay.
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Recovery after knee arthroscopy

Post-surgery, swelling, and pain are common but manageable. You’re encouraged to walk as soon as possible, though crutches or a cane might be necessary initially. Most patients return to work within a week, with physical therapy essential for full recovery. Full recovery can take up to 12 weeks or longer, depending on your condition.

Why choose us for knee arthroscopy?

Choose us for your knee arthroscopy, and you’ll be in the hands of skilled surgeons with vast experience in minimally invasive knee procedures. Our team, equipped with the latest technology, ensures precise diagnosis and effective treatment. We focus on a patient-centered approach, providing comprehensive care from initial consultation to postoperative recovery. Our commitment to excellence in surgical techniques and personalized rehabilitation plans aims to get you back to your active life as quickly and safely as possible.

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Knee Arthroscopy FAQ

What conditions can knee arthroscopy treat?

It’s effective for treating meniscal tears, ligament injuries, loose cartilage, mild arthritis, and patellar issues.

Does knee arthroscopy have risks?

While generally safe, risks include infection, blood clots, blood accumulation in the knee, and nerve damage. These risks are rare and minimized when a knee surgery specialist at New York Sports & Joints performs the procedure.

How long does the procedure take?

Knee arthroscopy usually takes about an hour, depending on the complexity of the procedure.

When can I resume normal activities after knee arthroscopy?

Most patients return to work within a week, but full recovery and resumption of all activities can take up to 12 weeks.

Is knee arthroscopy painful?

You may experience some discomfort post-surgery, but it’s generally less painful than traditional knee surgeries.

How do I know if I’m a good candidate for knee arthroscopy?

A thorough evaluation by our team, considering your specific knee issue and overall health, will determine if arthroscopy is suitable for you.

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