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Knee arthroscopy is a surgical procedure that allows doctors to view the knee joint without making a large incision through the skin and other soft tissues. Arthroscopy is used to diagnose and treat a wide range of knee problems. During knee arthroscopy, Dr Slattery inserts a small camera, called an arthroscope, into your knee joint. The camera displays pictures on a video monitor, and he uses these images to guide miniature surgical instruments. Because the arthroscope and surgical instruments are small, we can use very small incisions, rather than a larger incision needed for open surgery. This results in less pain, less joint stiffness, and a shorter recovery time.
Dr Slattery may recommend knee arthroscopy if you have a painful condition that does not respond to nonsurgical treatment. Nonsurgical treatment includes rest, physical therapy, and medications or injections that can reduce inflammation.
Knee arthroscopy may relieve painful symptoms of many problems that damage the cartilage surfaces and other soft tissues surrounding the joint.
Common arthroscopic procedures for the knee include:
- Removal or repair of a torn meniscus
- Reconstruction of a torn anterior cruciate ligament
- Removal of inflamed synovial tissue
- Trimming of damaged articular cartilage
- Removal of loose fragments of bone or cartilage
- Treatment of patella (kneecap) problems
- Treatment of knee sepsis (infection)
- Clearing/Removal of tight bands/scar tissue