Knee arthroscopy is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure used to diagnose and treat injuries to the knee joint. The tremendous benefits for patients who undergo knee arthroscopy include smaller incisions, accelerated recovery, and a lower risk of complications when compared to traditional open surgery.
The orthopedic surgeons at La Peer Health Systems are renowned experts in arthroscopic procedures. We formulate individualized treatment plans for patients with a variety of knee injuries to provide unparalleled quality of service and care. Contact our Beverly Hills office today at (855) 360-9119 to schedule a consultation.
How Does Knee Arthroscopy Work?
Also known as arthroscopic knee surgery, knee arthroscopy utilizes a high-tech instrument called an arthroscope. An arthroscope is only a few millimeters in diameter, and consists of a fiber-optic camera with a light attached at the end. The arthroscope provides live video feed from inside the joint, which is projected onto a monitor inside the operating room. Arthroscopy allows our orthopedic surgeons to navigate the inside of the knee joint and repair soft tissue with unprecedented precision.
Knee Problems Treated with Arthroscopic Surgery
The goal of arthroscopic knee surgery is to provide relief from severe knee pain caused by mechanical injury to or degeneration of the connective tissues and cartilage of the knee. Our surgeons are specialized in advanced minimally invasive knee procedures, and routinely use knee arthroscopy to treat the following problems:
- Removal or repair of torn meniscal cartilage
- Reconstruction of a torn ACL or PCL
- Trimming of torn pieces of articular cartilage
- Removal of loose fragments of bone
- Removal of inflamed synovial tissue
Benefits of Knee Arthroscopy
Arthroscopic knee surgery is extremely beneficial to patients for a number of reasons. The small incisions, used only to slip in arthroscopic instruments, decrease trauma to connective tissues surrounding the incision. This results in less scarring and less pain after the procedure compared with traditional open knee surgery.
Knee arthroscopy has a smaller risk of complications and a better success rate than open surgery. Again, by doing less damage to nearby structures there is a smaller chance of post-surgery irritation in the knee joint that can cause pain or inhibit recovery.
Perhaps the most advantageous, arthroscopic knee surgery speeds up recovery time. Minimal incisions reduce the trauma endured by tissue during the procedure and, more importantly, the time your body needs to fully heal from the procedure. Arthroscopic surgery allows athletes and people who maintain an active lifestyle to return to their normal activities much faster than they would after traditional open surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions:
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, 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 an Orthopedic Surgeon in Beverly Hills
La Peer Health Systems in Beverly Hills boast some of the country’s finest orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine doctors. We utilize the latest and most effective procedures when performing knee arthroscopy. To schedule a consultation with one of our talented arthroscopic knee surgeons in Beverly Hills, call (855) 360-9119.
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