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Knee Arthroscopy: A Video Journey

The diagnosis and treatment of knee joint problems have improved greatly since a minimally invasive procedure called arthroscopy was developed. Arthroscopy allows a surgeon to see inside the knee and to carry out procedures through small incisions. Orthopaedic surgeons can use arthroscopic surgery to perform a variety of procedures, including: The removal of tiny bits of bone or cartilage, the repair or reconstruction of torn ligaments, 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.

Knee Arthroscopy: A Video Journey

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The diagnosis and treatment of knee joint problems have improved greatly since a minimally invasive procedure called arthroscopy was developed. Arthroscopy allows a surgeon to see inside the knee and to carry out procedures through small incisions. 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. 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, 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.

What are the benefits of arthroscopic surgery? 

There are potential benefits of arthroscopic surgery when 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 outpatient surgery. Patients may also have a quicker recovery and experience less scarring.

What are the risks of arthroscopic surgery?
 
All surgery has risks. The more common risks associated with knee arthroscopy include swelling, bleeding into the joint, and joint stiffness, but less common and more severe complications such as infection and blood clots are possible. A patient’s orthopaedic surgeon will discuss the specific risks associated with his or her procedure and recovery. In addition, a patient’s anesthesiologist will discuss the specific risks associated with the use of anesthesia during his or her procedure.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

The success of knee arthroscopy 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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