When knee pain no longer subsides and your daily routines have been impacted you may be a candidate for a knee arthroscopy.
Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that allows doctors to examine tissues inside the knee. During an arthroscopic procedure, a device known as an arthroscope is inserted into a small incision in the knee. Through this tube, a thin fiberoptic light, magnifying lens and tiny video camera are inserted, allowing the doctor to examine the joint in great detail. Arthroscopy may be a diagnostic procedure following a physical examination and imaging tests such as MRI or CT scans or X-rays. It may also be used as a method of treatment to repair small injuries in the knee.
Relatively minor knee damage is frequently treated using arthroscopic techniques. Most knee damage results from sports injuries or osteoarthritis. During an arthroscopic procedure, the surgeon may be able to treat loose bone or cartilage, meniscal tears, ACL injuries, torn ligaments, inflamed tissue, and misalignment of the kneecap.
Because it is minimally invasive, arthroscopy offers the patient many advantages over traditional, more invasive, surgery. Some of the benefits include, no cutting of muscles or tendons, smaller incisions, less bleeding during surgery, less scarring, shorter recovery time, shorter and more comfortable rehabilitation.
To discuss your options, please schedule an appointment with a primary care provider or a consultation with an orthopedic surgeon at (970) 731-3700.