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Knee Arthroscopy Overview
The diagnosis and treatment of knee joint problems have improved greatly since a minimally invasive procedure called arthroscopy was developed.
What Can Arthroscopic Surgery Treat?
Orthopaedic surgeons can use arthroscopic surgery to perform a variety of procedures, including: The removal of small bits of bone or cartilage, the repair or removal of torn tendons and other soft tissue joint structures, the removal of inflamed synovium (the membrane that lines the cavity of a synovial joint and produces synovial fluid) and the removal of inflamed bursae.
The Potential Benefits of Arthroscopic Surgery compared with traditional “open” surgery
With arthroscopic surgery, it's more likely that patients will have less pain following the procedure, experience a lower risk of complications, stay in the hospital for a shorter period of time or have the procedure performed as an out-patient surgery. Patients may also have a quicker recovery and experience less scarring1.
What Are the Risks of Arthroscopic Surgery?
All surgery has risks. A patient’s orthopaedic surgeon will discuss the specific risks associated with his or her procedure and recovery. The risks of orthopaedic surgery depend on the patient’s health before surgery and the type of surgery performed. In addition, a patient’s anesthesiologist will discuss the risk associated with the use of anesthesia during his or her procedure.
1. Treuting R. Minimally invasive orthopedic surgery: arthroscopy. The Ochsner Journal 2000; 2:158-163
Important Safety Information
The success of the knee arthroscopy procedure depends on age, weight, activity level and other factors. There are potential risks and recovery takes time. People with conditions limiting rehabilitation should not have this surgery. Only an orthopaedic surgeon can tell if knee arthroscopy is right for you.