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Knee Arthroscopy

A minimally invasive surgical innovation that allows the surgeon to see inside the knee and carry out procedures through a tiny incision.

Knee Arthroscopy

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Overview

Arthroscopic surgery can be used to diagnose and treat knee injuries. This minimally invasive approach to surgery can help speed recovery, reduce pain and minimize scarring, when compared with traditional open surgery.

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What Are My Treatment Options?

Arthroscopy uses a device called an arthroscope. This small, pen-shaped instrument has a miniature video camera attached to the end. The arthroscope is inserted through a small incision in the knee.

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How to Prepare

Before your orthopedist performs the surgery, he or she may have you:

  • Get a physical exam, blood work and urine analysis to get a sense of any problems that could arise.
  • Adjust certain medications like blood thinners.
  • Get any healthy issues like diabetes or high blood pressure under control.

Choosing the Right Doctor

When choosing an orthopaedic surgeon, keep the following things in mind:

  • Orthopaedic surgeons are medical doctors or osteopaths with an MD or DO degree who should have completed a residency in orthopaedics.
  • They should be certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Recovery & Rehabilitation

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Day of Procedure

During this outpatient procedure, you will probably be given an IV so you can get the right fluids and medications. The anesthesia you get will be dependent on the type of surgery you are getting.

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Post-Surgery

Early on, patients will experience some swelling and discomfort in the knee. This may last for several days after the surgery.

Knee Arthroscopy: A video journey

This video series will share information on what to expect before, during and after the procedure.

HELPFUL LINKS

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Lifestyle Changes

Little changes in your lifestyle can make a big difference in caring for your knee — from maintaining a healthy weight to exercising correctly.

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Knee Anatomy

It is often said that the knee is the largest joint in the body. The knee itself is actually comprised of four separate joints.

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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.

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