Arthroscopic surgery of the knee is an innovative surgical procedure in which the knee joint is viewed by inserting a small camera into the knee. Knee arthroscopy gives our esteemed knee surgeons a view of what’s inside the knee joint and allows them to diagnose any problems.
The expert knee surgeons at La Peer Health Systems in Los Angeles are leaders in their field — Dr. Sonu Ahluwalia is the Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at Cedars-Sinai, for example. We formulate individualized treatment plans for patients with all different types of knee conditions. Patients who opt to visit our world-renowned facilities receive an unparalleled quality of service and care. Contact us today at (888) 429-6865 to schedule an appointment to see if you are a candidate for arthroscopic surgery.
About Arthroscopic Knee Surgery
Arthroscopic knee surgery, or knee arthroscopy, is a surgical procedure in which the knee joint is viewed by inserting a small camera into the knee. Knee arthroscopy gives doctors a view of what’s inside the knee and allows them to diagnose and treat knee problems.
Knee arthroscopy is one of the most effective tools that doctors have for treating knee problems. During the procedure the orthopedic surgeon makes a small incision and inserts an arthroscope (a small camera) into the knee joint. The camera then sends an image to a monitor that shows the knee in great detail. From this image, the doctor can identify and treat any areas of damaged tissue.
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Candidates for Knee Arthroscopy
Knee arthroscopy is indicated for individuals who live active lifestyles and are experiencing limited knee function and/or knee pain. Those who have suffered injury or degeneration and who have failed to find relief through non-surgical methods may be candidates for knee arthroscopy. Some of the common conditions treated with knee arthroscopy include anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears, and meniscal tears. Candidates for knee arthroscopy may be required to undergo a complete physical examination as well as other preoperative tests.
Most knee arthroscopy procedures are done on an outpatient basis and can be performed under local, regional or general anesthesia. During the procedure the orthopedic surgeon will make very small incisions in the knee and fill the knee joint with a sterile water solution, allowing for a clear view of the knee. The surgeon will then insert the arthroscope and begin to look for any signs of injury or degeneration.
Once such areas have been identified, the surgeon may remove or repair bone or cartilage, or reconstruct a torn ligament. When the procedure is over, the surgeon will close the incision. The entire procedure may last anywhere from 30 minutes to over an hour. Although patients are up and walking just hours after surgery, it typically takes 2-3 weeks after knee arthroscopy to return fully to daily activities and it can take three months or longer for athletes to return to sports.
Arthroscopic Knee Surgery FAQ’s
Q: What are the possible complications of knee arthroscopy?
A: Complications are uncommon, but possible. Infections are the most common complication and can be prevented with antibiotics. Other complications include blood clots, excessive swelling or bleeding, and damage to blood vessels or nerves. Such complications occur in less than 1 percent of all arthroscopic procedures.
Q: Is bleeding after arthroscopic knee surgery normal?
A: Mild bleeding through the incision areas is normal. The area must be kept dry and covered, and reinforced with sterile gauze. If bleeding persists, contact your doctor.
Q: How can I manage pain after knee arthroscopy?
A: Most patients are prescribed pain relieving and/or anti-inflammatory medications following surgery. Patients may also use over-the-counter pain relief medications in place of prescription medications for mild pain.
Q: Will I need physical therapy after arthroscopic knee surgery?
A: Physical therapy can be important after surgery in order to regain range of motion. Patients may work with a physical therapist to regain a full and active range of motion.
Contact The Knee Surgery Center of Excellence
La Peer Health Systems in Beverly Hills features some of the most renowned orthopedic surgeons in the country. We utilize the latest and most effective arthroscopic knee surgery procedures. To schedule a consultation with one of our talented orthopedic surgeons, call (888) 429-6865 or fill out our contact form.
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